Manatee (7-1, 2-0 Class 8A-District 7) at Palm Harbor University (1-7, 1-1)
When: 7:30 p.m.
On the air: 930-AM WLSS, 7 p.m.
The scoop: Manatee would lock up the district title with a win and is assured of a spot in a tiebreaker Monday with a loss if St. Petersburg wins over Riverview. If Manatee and St. Petersburg both lose, the Canes advance as the district runner-up. ... RB Johnnie Lang has rushed for 1,337 yards and is on pace to pass second-place Chris McNear (1,824) on the team's all-time single-season rushing list. ... Center Josh Carden is questionable with an akle sprain. His backup is George Lardas. ... Manatee has 35 sacks, already surpassing last year's total of 32 in 12 games. ... Palm Harbor University, also nicknamed the Hurricanes, wins the district title with a win if Riverview beats St. Petersburg. PHU reaches a three-way tiebreaker for two spots with a win and a St. Petersburg win, and qualifies for a tiebreaker for second place with a loss and a Rivervew win. ... QB Brandon Swift has thrown for 1,357 yards and 10 TDs. He threw for 369 yards and five TDs on Oct. 17 to lead the Hurricanes to a comeback at the Ram Bowl. ... PHU has lost four games by seven points or fewer.
Prediction: Manatee 35, Palm Harbor University 7.
Southeast (1-7. 1-2 Class 5A-District 13) at Booker (4-3, 2-1)
When: 7:30 p.m.
The scoop: Cats are said to have nine lives, and then there is the Southeast football team. Despite losing seven of eight games, including two straight in the district, a victory over Booker coupled with a Hardee loss to DeSoto would put the Seminoles in the playoffs as the district runner-up. If Southeast beats Booker and Hardee wins, there will be a three-way tie-breaker to determine the district runner-up. This is Southeast's absolute last chance to salvage a disappointing season that has witnessed a great deal of self-destruction. ... Southeast can move the ball in the air with quarterback James Thomas. But his best target, Landon Arsenault, likely will not play because of an injury. The Seminoles' run game has been sporadic. ... Turnovers are the Noles' biggest enemy. ... Booker likes to move the ball through the air behind quarterback Jeremiah Henderson and has been effective on the ground with Jamal Benson, Spencer Carter and Cody DeSario.
Prediction: Booker 24, Southeast 14.
Palmetto (3-4, 3-0 Class 7A-District 10 at Braden River (7-0, 3-0)
When: 7:30 p.m.
The scoop: There is no doubt Palmetto played the tougher schedule, and its 3-4 record is somewhat deceiving with losses to unbeaten Venice and once-beaten Manatee, Clearwater Countryside and St. Petersburg Lakewood. But you can throw the records out for a contest that will decide the district champion and runner-up. ... Both teams have quarterbacks who can put the ball in the air with Palmetto's Jack Allison (15 TDs, 9 INTs, 1,165 yards) and Braden River's Jacob Huesman (12 TDs, 1 INT. 1,203 yds). They both have electric pass catchers with Palmetto's Dearius Washington and Braden River's Justin Ross and Travis Williams. ... Quincy Washington leads the Tigers on the ground while Braden River likes to the run the ball by committee with three backs, each of whom presents a set of problems for opponents. .... Led by Ronnie McClellan (47 tackles) and Jimiah Albritton (38), the Pirates have only allowed 70 points this season. But they haven't faced an offense as potent as the Tigers'. ... Palmetto has won five straight in this series by a combined 151-39 score and put up 130 combined points in the last three games. ... Braden River is the new kid on the block. Palmetto is the veteran program, which should enable the Tigers to squeak by in a game that could be decided by a turnover.
Prediction: Palmetto 31, Braden River 28.
Sarasota (2-6, 1-2 Class 7A-District 10) at Lakewood Ranch (4-3, 1-2)
When: 7:30 p.m.
The scoop: Mathematically eliminated from the postseason, Lakewood Ranch is playing for pride and a chance to finish the season with three straight victories. ... Senior quarterback Chad Rex had one of his best games in last week's 35-28 victory over Riverview, running for 146 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winner from a yard out with 13 seconds left. ... The Mustangs like to run the ball with leading rusher Justin Fischer (6.5 avg) and Rex causing defenses to stay home. ... The Sailors are an athletic, but young, team that looks to be a year away from being a playoff contender. ... Quarterback Zekari Hawkins has had some good moments, but will have to step up with leading rusher Justin Austin lost for the season. ... The Mustangs have a more experienced defense, led by their back seven featuring Wanley Desir.
Prediction: Lakewood Ranch 35, Sarasota 21.
IMG Academy (7-1) at Clearwater Central Catholic (8-0)
When: 7:30 p.m.
The scoop: The Ascenders are riding a seven-game winning streak and are coming off a bye. ... After limiting highly touted Jacksonville Trinity Christian to just seven points in a nationally televised game, IMG enters the final two weeks with equally stiff competition. ... The first of those games is this week's matchup with the Marauders, a team IMG knocked off in the dying seconds of last year's meeting on Halloween. ... CCC is ranked No. 1 in Class 3A and won its third straight district title last week by scoring 40 or more points for the sixth straight time. ... The Marauders boast a balanced offense, with senior QB Jeff Smith (1,513 passing yards, 10 TDs, two INTs) guiding the club. Smith also has 13 rushing scores and has 780 rushing yards to make him a serious dual-threat option. ... CCC's defense has been stout like IMG's this fall, recording three shutouts and allowing more than 20 points only twice. ... IMG's defense has pitched three shutouts, while allowing 13.13 points per game.
Prediction: IMG Academy 21, Clearwater Central Catholic 10.
Out-of-Door Academy (2-6) at Lakeland Victory Christian (7-1)
When: 7:30 p.m.
The scoop: ODA hits the road for the final game of its 2014 season. ... The Thunder have been using Austin Hoppe, a playmaking threat out of the backfield, under center as starting QB Gus Mahler continues healing from a concussion suffered a few weeks ago. ... ODA is riding a five-game losing streak, scoring 68 total points in those games. ... Lakeland Victory Christian hasn't lost since Week 2, when the Storm dropped a 14-13 decision to Tampa Berkeley Prep. ... Victory Christian beat Cardinal Mooney, which trounced ODA 64-0, by eight points last week. ... Senior QB Caleb Lewis, at 6-foot-4 and 210 pounds, is an imposing figure for the Thunder's defense. He has thrown 12 TDs against five INTs for more than 1,200 yards.
Prediction: Lakeland Victory Christian 56, ODA 0.
Fort Myers Bishop Verot (5-3, 1-0 Class 3A-District 6) at Cardinal Mooney (6-2, 1-0)
When: 7 p.m.
On the air: WSRQ, 1220-AM, 98.9-FM, 106.9-FM
The scoop: For the second year in a row, this traditional rivalry will determine the district champion. Last year, the Cougars claimed a 35-10 victory in Fort Myers to claim their first crown since 2006. Both teams will be in the playoffs. ... The Vikings count on freshman phenom William Scott, a RB who set a school record by scoring seven touchdowns last week in a 54-3 victory over Lake Placid. Scott gained 221 yards on 13 carries in that game and has gained 870 yards on 87 carries for the season. ... Even after last week's 24-16 loss to state-ranked Lakeland Victory Christian, the Cougars own the area's top defense. Mooney surrenders 152.8 yards per game. ... QB Reese Vita has set school records for career yards and career passing touchdowns this season.
Prediction: Cardinal Mooney 24, Bishop Verot 21.
-- Capsules by John Lembo, Alan Dell, Jason Dill, Herald sports writers