HOOVER, Ala. -- Notwithstanding some jangled nerves by several first time fliers, the Manatee High football team had what could be called an uneventful flight to Hoover for its Friday night football game.
"It was a great flight. We had some players who had never flown before and they were nervous getting on the plane. But we talked them through it and things were fine," Manatee head football coach John Booth said.
It was a full flight, with a 149 passengers jammed into the Southwest Airlines plane. A big roar went out when plane lifted off the runway at Tampa International Airport.
"I am not sure whether that was nerves over the flight or excitement we are now going to play the game," long ime Manatee assistant coach Dennis Stallard said.
The Canes play Alabama powerhouse Hoover on Friday night. It feels just as hot and humid as it was in Florida, so any advantage Manatee has in that department might be gone.
"The flight seemed to go real smooth. I allotted a lot of extra time for baggage and things like that which we didn't need," Booth said. "Southwest did a great job of taking care of things for us, which made the first part of the trip good. Some of our guy were pretty nervous walking through the terminal but they all made it and now they are excited to play."