BRADENTON -- Manatee showed it has a lot of strengths and a lot of work to do in defeating Venice and losing to Lakeland in the final seconds Thursday night in its spring jamboree at Hawkins Stadium.
The one sure thing that came out of the jamboree is Manatee has quite a weapon in Kavious Price.
The receiver/running back ran for two touchdowns and 171 yards on only three carries. He torched Lakeland with touchdown runs of 80 and 65 yards in the Hurricanes' 28-21 nightcap loss to the Dreadnaughts in a contest that ended after 11 p.m.
Price also caught five passes for 37 yards.
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Lakeland won the half when James Robinson caught a 14-yard pass with 3.5 seconds left to cap a 75-yard drive. Manatee was on the Lakeland 4 when A.J. Colagiovanni fumbled a snap and the Dreadnaughts recovered with 29 seconds left.
Manatee dominated Venice 17-0 in its first half of football. Venice beat Lakeland 10-7 in the middle half.
Lorenz Allen led Manatee on the ground with 63 yards on 17 carries. Colagiovanni played the whole game at quarterback and completed 9 of 18 passes for 123 yards with a touchdown and an interception while rushing for 17 yards on six carries.
The first quarter of the Lakeland contest belonged to Price. The rising senior who figures to be the Canes top receiver, showed his running back skills.
Price broke free for his touchdowns displaying his elusiveness and breakaway speed, which left all of the Lakeland defenders in the dust.
"The way Venice played limited his role (Price). We were able to him the ball against Lakeland, and he made a few guys miss and I thought our perimeter blocking with our receivers was great," Manatee head coach John Booth said. "Our offensive line did a great job of being physical, and we were able to move the ball and have some nice drives."
Lakeland went on a 49-yard, four-play drive with Anthony Davis scoring on a 23-yard touchdown run for a 7-0 lead. The Canes defense looked out of focus, perhaps after sitting out a half while the Dreadnaughts ran at will.
But Lakeland's lead lasted as long as it took Price to get his hands on the ball. On the first play from scrimmage after the Lakeland touchdown, he broke free for 80 yards to tie the game at 7.
Lakeland answered with an eight-play, 80-yard drive, but again Price broke the Dreadnaughts' back when on the first play from scrimmage he scampered free for his second touchdown.
Manatee finally took the lead when Paul Mobley picked up fumble and ran 17 yards for a touchdown to put the Canes ahead 21-14 less than a minute into the second quarter.
"When you are playing a half it kind of changes the way things go. We would've probably run the clock a little more and kicked a field goal at the end, but it didn't go our way," Booth said.
"I like the fact we were able to come out and physical against a good Lakeland team. I am excited about where we are at and as a spring board as we go into the summer."
Manatee showed its diversity in defeating Venice 17-0 with all of its points coming in the second quarter.
The Canes got on the board with 8:07 left in the second period when Tarique Milton broke free and caught a 44 yard touchdown pass from Colagiovanni. Milton made up for a drop on the first possession of the game when he looked as if he could on a pass that would've covered 28 yards. He finished with three receptions for 85 yards.
Colagiovanni showed his versatility completing five of 10 passes for 76 yards and rushing for 18 yards on five carries against Venice. Allen, who could be the starter at running back this year pending the outcome of a legal matter involving Johnnie Lang, rushed for 19 yards on seven carries in the Venice contest.
The Canes got their big touchdown pass on their third possession of the game, but drove inside the Venice 35 on both occasions.
Venice struggled with the Manatee defense that was led by Nelson Domingue who recorded two sacks and had a tackle for a loss. Linebacker Matt Kissell also had a tackle for loss.
A bad snap on a Venice punt attempt gave Manatee the ball on the Indians' 22-yard line. The Canes moved backward, but Null nailed a 44-yard field for a 10-0 lead with 3:34 left in the period.
Manatee put its final points on the board when Jacob Main intercepted a pass by Venice quarterback Bryce Carpenter and returned it 60 yards for a touchdown with 1:10 left in the second quarter.
Manatee had 143 yards offense on 18 plays while holding Venice to 70 yards and forcing the Indians to punt on four of their seven possessions.