Friendship Collegiate Academy (D.C.) (2-0) at Manatee (2-0)
Time: 7:30 p.m.
On the air: 930-WLSS AM, 7 p.m.
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The scoop: The nine-year-old Knights program had nearly 20 players accept scholarships during National Signing Day this past year and could have a busy day next year: Defensive backs Jalen Tabor and Daejuan Funderburk each have nearly two dozen Division I offers, and running back Jonathan Haden has committed to Arizona. ... QB DeAndre Parker threw for 214 yards and three TDs during a Sept. 1 victory over Baltimore's St. Frances Academy. ... Friendship is a public charter school that opened in 2000 and added varsity football in '04. ... Manatee WR Brodrick Yancy (ankle) will be back Friday night after missing last week's game against Venice, said head coach Joe Kinnan, and Josh Meyer (ankle) will be a game-time decision. If Meyer can't go, Manatee can either go with Yancy under center or another WR, Marquel Hines, who saw time at QB last week. ... RBs Trevon Walters and Johnnie Lang have teamed for 518 rushing yards and eight TDs. Walters leads the area in rushing (281) while Lang is averaging 10.8 yards on 22 carries. ... Manatee has outscored its first two opponents 55-0 in the second half. ... The Canes are ranked No. 1 in the state in Class 8A and are ranked nationally by Rivals (No. 26) and USA Today (No. 28).
Prediction: Manatee 28, Friendship Collegiate Academy 24.
Braden River (1-0)at Southeast (0-2)
Time: 7:30 p.m.
The scoop: The game is important to both teams, but for different reasons. Southeast has gotten off to an uncharacteristic 0-2 start and is looking for that first victory to get on track for district play. After a 1-9 record last season, Braden River opened this year with a victory over North Fort Myers. Its game with Port Charlotte was rained out last week, and the Pirates are eager to play against a traditionally tough opponent. ... Both teams are led by their running backs. Southeast's Courtney Allen is 49 yards away from breaking the school career rushing record of 2,863 and move into third place all time in Manatee County. He has been the only bright for the Noles offense this season as they have struggled to get to the ball to a bevy of talented, speedy receivers. ... Titus Humphrey, a senior, made his varsity debut on Aug. 30 a memorable one when he rushed for a team-high 131 yards. Braden River appears to have the advantage at quarterback with Dusty Peebles and Jacob Huesman. ... The Seminoles have a highly touted group of receivers led by Kadarrius Carley but need to get the ball to them. ... Braden River also has a talented receiving corps, led by Justin Ross. ... Braden River's defense looked strong in its opener, causing five turnovers. ... After a sluggish game against Venice, the Southeast defense showed significant improvement last week against Clearwater Countryside. ... This game should tell how good Braden River might be and whether Southeast is ready for district play next week at Bayshore.
Prediction: Southeast 24, Braden River 21.
Lakewood Ranch (1-1)at Bayshore (0-2)
Time: 7:30 p.m.
On the air: 1490-AM WWPR
The scoop: After kicking off the season on a rousing note with a 55-34 pounding of Southeast, the Mustangs came back down to earth last week, taking a 31-7 pounding from Tampa Jesuit. ... The Mustangs' offense deflated against Jesuit with its only bright spot a 77-yard TD pass to James Jeffcoat on a broken play that quarterback Chad Rex kept alive. The junior signal-caller continues to be a valuable dual threat who can open things up for the Ranch offense with his arm and legs. ... With lopsided losses to Sarasota Riverview and Sarasota, the Bruins can't win the Sarasota County championship, but they would like to improve a defense that has allowed 54 combined points in the first two games. ... Offensively, they continue to rely on Wesley Jackson, who can throw and run. Each team has its own special motivation to win. Lakewood Ranch is trying to make this its first seven-win season under Shawn Trent, and this is a game the Mustangs should win. Bayshore is trying to change the culture of a program that never had a winning season in all seven years under its previous coach. It may eventually come, but not this week with its struggling defense against a good offense.
Prediction: Lakewood Ranch 27, Bayshore 14.
W. Palm Beach Cardinal Newman (0-1) at IMG Academy (2-0)
Time: 7:30 p.m.
The scoop: The Crusaders are a Class 3A program with some offensive firepower that made the postseason in 2012. ... Newman put up 27 points in a loss to Boynton Beach to open the season. ... Newman is well-rested, receiving its bye week early in the schedule before making the trip across the state to face IMG. ... Crusaders QB Daniel Cole threw for 278 yards on 19 of 32 passes and connected with wide receiver Travis Rudolph 10 times for 155 yards and two TDs against Boynton Beach. ... It doesn't matter where the Ascenders play, inclement weather has followed them in their inaugural season. That hasn't hampered IMG's play on the field as the club is unbeaten with victories at Orlando Olympia and at home against North Miami Beach, two Class 8A playoff teams last fall. ... IMG allowed just 218.5 yards of total offense against those two programs. ... QB Michael O'Connor (Penn State commit) leads the area with 328 passing yards. ... He has connected on 50 percent of his passes, with WR Clark Thomas (six catches, 154 yards) benefiting the most so far. ... Alabama-bound RB Bo Scarbrough has added 178 rushing yards on 25 attempts to provide Ascenders head coach Chris Weinke a balanced offense.
Prediction: IMG 35, Cardinal Newman 14.
Bradenton Christian (2-0)at North Port Imagine School (1-1)
Time: 7 p.m.
The scoop: Last year's homecoming opponent wrecked the Panthers' season. Bradenton Christian lost a wild contest to the Sharks 40-38 and proceeded to drop the next three games to miss the postseason. ... QB Joey Giardina is a dual-threat signal-caller. He's averaging 7.5 yards a carry, while completing 13 of 21 passes for 172 yards in two games. ... Senior RB/WR Sinclair Laskett is toting the ball at an effective rate, compiling 207 rushing yards and six TDs. ... Laskett also has 130 receiving yards and a TD ... The Panthers' run defense has been stout this fall, limiting opponents to 34.5 yards a game. ... The Sharks are coming off a 26-0 victory at St. Petersburg Keswick Christian after losing the season opener 45-0 to Naples Community School.
Prediction: BCS 35, Imagine School 14.
Saint Stephen's (1-1)at Winter Park Trinity Prep (1-1)
Time: 5 p.m.
The scoop: The Falcons are flying after scoring 64 points last week against Citrus Park Christian, the most the program has tallied since Saint Stephen's brought football back for the 2006 season. ... Jordan Murrell has rushed for 156 yards and four TDs, while his cousin, Jordon Murell, has four receptions and one TD. ... The Falcons have four INTs already, including two by Garrett Barnes. ... Trinity Prep senior Taylor Schaeffer ran for 180 yards on 21 carries last week against Daytona Beach Father Lopez. ... Sophomore QB Jared Herron rushed for two TDs and threw for two last week while totaling 193 yards of offense. ... The Saints are coached by Mike Kruczek, who played in the NFL with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Washington Redskins and was the head coach at UCF from 1998-2003.
Prediction: Trinity Prep 28, Saint Stephen's 14.
Cardinal Mooney (1-0)at Lake Placid (1-0)
Time: 7 p.m.
On the air: 1220-AM, 106.9-FM WSRQ.
The scoop: The Cougars visit the Dragons in Lake Placid's home opener after both teams saw games canceled last week by bad weather. The break allowed Cardinal Mooney to welcome back Clark Horne (linebacker), Vinny Conetta (linebacker), Matt Guerin (nose guard), Taylor Bauer (left guard) and Patrick Lustro (receiver) from injury. "It was really a bummer," Cougars head coach Josh Smithers said of the cancellation. "Physically for us, it was probably a good thing." ... Cardinal Mooney has owned this series in recent years, winning the past two games by a combined score of 71-10. ... Cougars QB Reese Vita completed 10 of 17 passes for 184 yards and three touchdowns in a 47-7 victory over LaBelle to open the season. ... Lake Placid has a crowded backfield, with Marquavein Copeland, Eldon McKenzie and Foster Walker combining for more than 100 yards rushing and three touchdowns during a season-opening 28-14 victory over Celebration.
Prediction: Cardinal Mooney 49, Lake Placid 13.