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Manatee blasts Palm Harbor University, looks ahead to playoffs

jdill@bradenton.comNovember 2, 2013 

BRADENTON -- Manatee's starting offensive unit ran one second-half play.

But there was a message behind Brodrick Yancy's 80-yard catch-and-run touchdown from quarterback Josh Meyer following a Palm Harbor University onside kick after the visiting Hurricanes accepted a running clock.

"If you're going to onside kick, then why do you ask for a running clock?" Manatee head coach Joe Kinnan said.

Kinnan's Hurricanes (10-0) dusted Palm Harbor University 48-14 on Friday at Hawkins Stadium with a quick-hitting offense in the first half to wrap up the program's third undefeated regular season in four years.

To accomplish the feat, which included an unblemished district slate en route to the Class 8A-District 7 title, Manatee scored on all six of its first-half possessions.

Half of those scores came on one-play drives.

Meyer connected with Yancy, who finished with three catches for 155 yards, for a 56-yard touchdown for the first one-play score. Then running back Johnnie Lang followed it up with a 35-yard burst to pay dirt.

Finally, University of

Missouri commit Trevon Walters raced in 80 yards when Manatee received possession with 0:0.7 seconds remaining in the first half.

"They weren't supposed to put me in like that," Walters said. "They were telling me that I would play only two series of the game. So that was very big for me to go in, 0:0.7 seconds and go 80 yards down the field."

Now the Canes will turn their attention toward the postseason as they are off next week.

Manatee faces Vero Beach, who earned the Class 8A-District 8 runner-up berth on Friday.

"That's very big for us to go into the playoffs having a week off, like the NFL," Walters said. "You win the division or whatever, the conference and you have your first week or something like that."

Walters finished with 135 rushing yards on six carries, which all came in the first half. Meyer completed 7 of 9 passes for 181 yards, while adding 103 rushing yards.

As a team, Manatee rushed for 276 yards.

"Even when we go two-back, you don't know who is going to get it," Meyer said of the double-attack with Walters and Lang. "It opens up our passing. They're just two really good backs."

While the Canes' offense clicked, even with just two second-half possessions, their defense wasn't as stout as usual.

However, Manatee did limit Palm Harbor University to just two scores, with one coming against the first-team unit after Kinnan inserted them back in following the onside kick that the visiting Hurricanes successfully recovered in the third quarter.

"You concede defeat," Kinnan said. "We had all our backups out there. You take it down and score. Our two offense are going in, and those are the backup guys. We only ran one offensive play in the fourth quarter."

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