Manatee High to play New Jersey football powerhouse

BRADENTON - The Manatee Hurricanes have signed a two-year home-and-home agreement to play Don Bosco Prep, a New Jersey football powerhouse based out of Ramsey.

Manatee assistant coach Chris Conboy said a contract was signed and faxed over to Don Bosco Prep today.

Under the agreement, the Ironmen head to Bradenton in September, and Manatee heads north to New Jersey in 2012.

The two teams were slated to play last season, but Bosco officials pulled out of the agreement in March. This time an intermediary stepped in - Halloy Boy Sports Marketing, which helped coordinate the Rally at Wolvarena, a four-game event in Pennsylvania where the Hurricanes opened the 2010 regular season.

Conboy also said the Hurricanes have agreed in principle to travel to Olney, Md. next season to play Our Lady of Good Counsel, another national power.

Similar to last season's trip to Pennsylvania, the cost of these games will be financed by the teams and sponsors, and will not come out of the school district's budget.

For more on this story, see Saturday's edition of The Bradenton Herald.