Prep football | Manatee Hurricanes rack up 62 in first half, beat Southeast Seminoles 62-0

Canes score 62 first-half points, rout rival Noles

jlembo@bradenton.comSeptember 28, 2013 

BRADENTON -- The coaches are the same. The colors are the same.

But the teams that make up one of the most tradition-rich rivalries in the state couldn't be further apart.

Manatee blew past Southeast 62-0 on Friday at Hawkins Stadium for its seventh straight win of the series, which the Hurricanes now lead 17-14.

The game also marked the third straight season Manatee (5-0) has triggered a running clock against the Seminoles (1-4). And dating back to halftime of the 2010 game, when Southeast took a 24-7 lead into the locker room, Manatee has outscored the Noles 186-19.

"We're an outstanding football team," said Manatee coach Joe Kinnan. "And (Southeast coach) Paul (Maechtle) has struggled. They don't have the talent they've had in other years."

The Hurricanes peppered Southeast early and often, beginning when running back Trevon Walters' 1-yard touchdown capped an 82-yard drive Manatee needed less than two minutes to finish.

Walters finished with 156 rushing yards and scored three times despite not playing at all after halftime.

Running back Johnnie Lang also scored three times, and quarterback Josh Meyer (50 yards rushing, 64 passing) ran in Manatee's final touchdown 34 seconds

before halftime and threw one each to Lang and Kelvin McKnight.

Manatee totaled 399 yards of offense and benefitted from five Southeast turnovers.

The Hurricanes also allowed 90 yards of offense while limiting Courtney Allen, the leading rusher among public schools heading into the game, to 18 yards on 15 attempts.

"You watch them on film and you think you can do things, and you might even have a decent plan," Maechtle said, "but then you've still got to be able to execute against their speed on both sides of the ball. They've forced into some things, and we hadn't practiced against that kind of size and speed."

The construction of Braden River and Lakewood Ranch high schools have sapped some of Southeast's enrollment, and on Friday, Maechtle said eight of his players who saw action in the first half didn't play for the Seminoles last season.

Yet Maechtle said he is less concerned about bridging the gape with Manatee than he is with Southeast winning the Class 5A-District 10 title. The Noles, who are off next week before heading to Class 8A Riverview on Oct 11, took a step in that direction with last week's win over Bayshore.

Consequently, he saw the positive in Friday's defeat.

"Not many Class 5A teams that are going to put (Manatee and Riverview) on the schedule, much less back-to-back," Maechtle said. "That's what we've got to see if we can get better as a football team...Go out against bigger and better people and try to get better."

Manatee hosts the Rams next week for each team's Class 8A-District 7 opener.

"It's nice to be 5-0, but that's the game that decides being first place in the district," Kinnan said, "possibility of homefield advantage (in the playoffs). There's a lot riding on this."

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