Community sports | County sends seven teams through to second weekend of Pop Warner playoffs

Twelve games during the opening weekend of the Pop Warner Little Scholars football playoffs Saturday featured at least one team from Manatee County. In 10 of those games, a local team came out with a win.

The Manatee Mustangs, Palmetto Trojans, Manatee Wildcats and East Manatee Bulldogs all finished the weekend with winning records as a program. The only program with a losing record was the North Manatee Storm, which still finished with one win in three tries.

The Manatee Mustangs were one of the three total county programs to make it through the first playoff weekend with all of their teams alive after upsetting the Silver Raiders in junior pee wee and cruising to a 30-0 win against the South Pasco Predators in pee wee.

Manatee's junior pee wee team will face the South Shore Jr. Longhorns next weekend in Lithia and its pee wee team takes on the FishHawk Wolfpack.

The Trojans also completed a clean sweep through the weekend, blowing up the Predators 31-0 in junior midget and edging the New Tampa Tigers in the unlimited division. Both teams will return to action for next week's second round on the road in Lithia against the Raiders.

The Bulldogs went 2-0 in their two playoff games, as well, and saw their mighty mites team beat the Storm at Lakewood Ranch Park. The East Manatee squad edged the Carrollwood Hurricanes 13-6 in junior pee wee and 12-8 in pee wee. The junior pee wee team faces the Hardee Wildcats this weekend at Buffalo Creek Park while the pee wee team battles the Wesley Chapel Cowboys.

The Storm also has one team advancing to the coming weekend after its junior midget team blew out the Tampa PAL Patriots 37-7 at Lakewood Ranch Park. North Manatee advances to play the Hurricanes on Saturday at Buffalo Creek Park.

The Wildcats didn't play a playoff game Saturday, but won 2-of-3 bowl games. Manatee earned wins against Wesley Chapel in junior pee wee and mighty mites and fell to the Cowboys in junior midget.

Halloween Madness comes to DeSoto Speedway

DeSoto Speedway is promising its biggest demolition derby to date as part of its Halloween festivities Saturday in Bradenton.

DeSoto will also run seven additional races, including the Florida state school bus figure eight championship.

Children will be able to trick or treat from their favorite drivers, going car to car along the track where drivers will be handing out candy.

There will also be a powerwheels demolition derby for children.

Admission is free for children ages 10 and younger and $15 for everyone else.