BRADENTON -- The Manatee High defense dominated the action, but Kavious Price stole the show in the Hurricanes' 44-6 drubbing over Largo on Friday night in a preseason classic at Hawkins Stadium.
Price scored three touchdowns in three different ways, putting points on the board in each of the first three quarters.
The senior caught a 36-yard touchdown pass from A.J. Colagiovanni in the first period to give Manatee a 21-0 lead. Running off the wildcat, he took a snap from center and ran 15 yards for paydirt in the second period to help the Canes take a 31-6 lead at halftime.
Price saved his most exhilarating moment to begin the third quarter, when he took the second half kickoff and went 90 yards for a touchdown to push Manatee's lead to 37-6.
"It was good night. The first one (touchdown), I had a post route, and A.J. put it on me and I took it from there," Price said. "On the wildcat, our receivers had great blocking on the perimeter and I saw a lane and took it. On the kick return. The coaches did an excellent job making it work. Our guys did a great job of setting up the blocking, and I took advantage of that."
The Manatee defense dominated Largo, which finished 6-5 last year and lost in the first round of the playoffs.
Matt Kissell intercepted a pass and returned it 20 yards for touchdown to give the Canes a 7-0 lead. Tarique Milton returned a punt 46 yards to give Manatee a first and goal at the four, and Lorenz
Allen took it over from the one two plays later.
Nick Null boomed a 45-yard field goal to push the lead to 31-0 with 2:34 remaining in the first half. Largo answered with a 23-yard touchdown pass before the half.
The Hurricanes scored the final touchdown of the game when Scott Voltaire broke free on a 17-yard run with 6:35 remaining in the third.
The Canes helped themselves with two interceptions and two fumble recoveries while limiting Largo to 18 yards rushing. The Packers completed 8-of-20 passes for 117 yards.
"Special teams is a big point of emphasis for us and you saw it tonight," Manatee head coach John Booth said. "We had great returns on the punt return and the Kavious kickoff return. KP is going to be the guy we realy on heavily on offense and the return game. We are expecting him to make those types of plays."
Colagiovanni completed 11-of-15 pass attempts for 113 yards and ran for 24 yards on four carries. Allen led the ground game with 75 yards on 15 carries.
Price was all over the stat sheet. He caught eight passes for 79 yards, rushed for 33 yards on two carries, and had the big kickoff return. Aryn Wrona had an interception for Manatee.
"(in the) Offseason we emphasized creating pressure and confusion on defense, and we were able to do that tonight," Booth said. "We got a lot of pressure with our backers and our front line and created turnovers."
Manatee 44, Largo 6
Largo 0 6 0 0--6
Manatee 21 10 13 0--44
M--Matt Kissell 20 interception (Nick Null kick) 11:11
M--Lorenz Allen 1 run (Null kick) 8:05
M- Kavious Price 36 pass from A.J. Colagiovanni (Null kick) 1:11
M--Null 45 field goal 8:09
M--Price 15 run (Null kick) 2:34
L--Dakari Allen 24 pass from Isaiah Thomas (run failed) 1:01
M--Price 90 yard kickoff return (kick failed) 11:47
M--Scott Voltaire 17 run (Daniel Reyna kick) 6:35