Quarterback Keyon Fordham accounted for five touchdowns, including four on the ground, as the Manatee High football team picked up its first win under coach Yusuf Shakir, beating Lutz Steinbrenner 42-7.
With countless Division-I college football prospects all over the field, which brought at least five college recruiters (two from Clemson, two from Texas and one from Minnesota), the player with no college offers that earned his way onto IMG Academy’s Blue team for his senior season ended up making the biggest play Friday.
First you get buy-in from your assistant coaches. Then the players start to believe. Go 2-0 for the first time in a while – at Homecoming, no less – and fans shouted “Let’s go Mustangs!” as they exited the stadium Friday night. Keep it up and opposing coaches will start grumbling about scheduling Lakewood Ranch.
Elijah Davis scored two touchdowns, Sid Pompey returned an interception for a score and the Palmetto Tigers surprised last season’s Class 6A runner-up, beating Lakeland Lake Gibson 24-13 on Friday night.
Flowery prose could never capture the essence of the Chicago Bears. Two-word uppercuts – Soldier Field, Doug Plank, Bronco Nagurski – have a much better chance, and sometimes even they are a word too long.