Prep football | Manatee at Fort Pierce Central playoff preview capsule

November 22, 2013 

FILE PHOTO: Manatee football players run onto the field before a game at Southeast High. TIFFANY TOMPKINS-CONDIE/Bradenton Herald


CLASS 8A-REGION 2 SEMIFINALManatee (11-0)at Fort Pierce Central (9-1)

Time: 7:30 p.m.

On the air: 930-WLSS AM, 7 p.m.


The scoop: The Hurricanes won the last two meetings: 13-10 in 2011 and 51-0 last year. ... RB Johnnie Lang is expected to play after missing most of last week with a bone bruise on a knee. ... RB Trevon Walters has run for 1,603 yards and set a program record with 43 carries last week. ... Manatee allowed 271 passing yards last week against Vero Beach and is allowing 146.1 passing yards per game. ... The Hurricanes are looking for their fifth straight trip to a region final after winning the Class 5A-Region 3 title in 2009 and '10 and the Class 7A-3 title in '11 and '12. The last time Manatee did not reach a region final was '08, when the Canes failed to make the playoffs. ... Cobras QB Sam Vaughn has thrown 2,307 yards this year and went 220 throws without an interception from Nov. 16, 2012, to Nov. 1 of this season, according to He has been picked off nine times in 466 throws. ... DE Rashawn Shaw has 11 sacks. ... Alquawn Vickers has 53 catches for 711 yards. ... Winner plays either Orlando Dr. Phillips or Tampa Plant next week in the Region 2 championship game.

Prediction: Manatee 35, Fort Pierce Central 28.

-- John Lembo,Herald staff writer

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