Commentary | Youth football PAL Broncos dominate competition

November 12, 2013 

The Manatee PAL youth football league held its Super Bowl games this past weekend, and the Broncos claimed the Junior Varsity championship with a 12-6 victory over the Panthers.

The Broncos were dominant during the regular season, scoring 244 points while allowing none.

Scoring touchdowns were Michael Perez and Brandon Dawsey as the Broncos held a 12-0 lead before the Panthers, who lost 14-0 to the Broncos in the regular season, became the first team to score on their vaunted defense, which was led by Tyler Burnham, Roger Whobrey and Logan Heath.

The game was clinched with Perez, Dawsey and Robert Gavin doing the damage on the ground to ice the victory for the unbeaten Broncos.

Mustangs, Trojans in hunt

In the Pop Warner football postseason, the Manatee Mustangs and Palmetto Trojans are the lone organizations with teams still alive.

The Mustangs had three teams survive in the Foundation for Youth Development Conference championship games for Division I.

In the Junior Pee Wee division, the Mustangs rolled past the Carrollwood Hurricanes 21-0. The Mustangs also notched shut outs in

the Pee Wee (32-0 over South Pasco Predators) and Midget (31-0 over the Southshore Longhorns) games.

They'll now head to the first round of the regional playoffs in Jacksonville this weekend. The Junior Pee Wee squad faces the Forestview Tigers, while the Pee Wee club takes on the Mandarin Tigers and the Midgets battle the Sweetwater Falcons.

Meanwhile, the Palmetto Trojans edged the Port St. Lucie Pirates 18-13 in the Pee Wee bracket for Division II to advance to the second round of regionals this weekend in Miami.

In the Midget division, the Manatee Wildcats were eliminated 31-0 by the Fort Pierce PAL Eagles.

Marquee soccer tourney

The 2013 NIKE International Friendlies are returning to Lakewood Ranch's Premier Sports Campus in December.

The soccer tournament coincides with the Development Academy Winter Showcase event and it's held Dec. 9-15.

The United States Under-17 Men's National Team faces Portgual, England and Brazil in the primetime (5 p.m.) time slot each match day for the NIKE International Friendlies tourney.

Uncle Sam's Army faces Portugal on Monday, Dec. 9, then plays England on Wednesday, Dec. 11, before wrapping up the tournament against Brazil on Friday, Dec. 13.

All matches are streamed live on ussoccer.com. Team USA won the event in 2011, but finished third in 2012. Portugal is the defending champions.

Hooke wins another title

Bradenton's Mickey Hooke battled a strained lower left abdominal muscle to train for the inaugural USA 10K & Half Marathon Beach Running Championships in Cocoa Beach at the end of October.

Hooke captured the overall title by running the course in 37 minutes, 34 seconds. That time snagged Hooke six records, setting the event record, masters event record, grandmasters event record as well as course, masters and grandmasters records.

The championship became Hooke's 20th to date since 2000, and he now possesses an overall state title (2008), world beach title (2012) and USA beach title (2013), which all came in the 10K distance.

Jason Dill, sports reporter, can be reached at 745-7017 or via email at jdill@bradenton.com. Follow him on Twitter @Jason__Dill

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