High School Sports

Prep football | Week 8 preview capsules

St. Petersburg (6-0, 1-0 Class 8A-District 7) at Manatee (6-1, 1-0)

When: 7:30 p.m.

On TV: Bright House Sports Network

On the air: 930-AM, WLSS

Online: manateefootball.com

The scoop: The Green Devils are winning by 23 points per game and have allowed two TDs in the past three games. ... They like to stay on the ground, totaling 221 carries to 72 passes. ... Jacquel Waller (497 yards) and Darius Miller (477 yards) have rushed for six TDs each. ... QB Austyn Causey has completed more than 66 percent of his passes (47-for-71) for 772 yards and 10 TDs. ... St. Petersburg last visited Hawkins Stadium in 2009 during the second round of the Class 5A playoffs, losing 21-7. ... The Green Devils are district champs with a win if Palm Harbor University beats Riverview. ... Defensive linemen Kwanzi Jackson (knee) and Matt Mackey (Achilles strain) were limited this week but are expected to play, said coach John Booth. ... Manatee clinches the district title with a win if Riverview beats Palm Harbor University. ... RB Johnnie Lang is averaging 163 yards per game and has scored eight TDs the past two weeks. ... The Canes haven't lost a district game since Oct. 31, 2008, at Venice. ... Jackson has 17 sacks, fifth among all the teams in the country that use MaxPreps. ... Manatee fell two spots to No. 65 in the latest HSFB100.

Prediction: Manatee 28, St. Petersburg 14.

Arcadia DeSoto (5-1, 2-0) at Southeast (1-5, 1-0)

When: 7:30 p.m.

Online: highschoolcube.com

The scoop: Southeast has won only one game but it was the right one. If the Seminoles defeat DeSoto, they will be in sole possession of first place in the district with two district games remaining. ... The Noles seem to have found their offense and DeSoto's highly touted quarterback, Reggie Jones, did not play last week against Frostproof and could be out again with a sprained knee. ... Southeast has scored a combined 49 points in its past two games. Though they were losses to Manatee and Riverview, the Noles showed a passing game that is tough to stop with quarterback James Thomas. In those games, the senior completed a combined 35 of 75 passes for 547 yards and four touchdowns while rushing for three touchdowns. ... The tall, athletic Jones is the catalyst for DeSoto. The Bulldogs suffered their first loss (20-15) last week with him out. The offense cannot be expected to run with the same efficiency without Jones. DeSoto is averaging 37.6 points per game with him at quarterback. In three quarters against Bayshore, Jones rushed for 108 yards and three touchdowns and threw two TD passes. ... Southeast has a great opportunity to turn its season around and show it has made progress under new coach John Warren.

Prediction: Southeast 21, DeSoto 20.

Lakewood Ranch (3-2, 1-1 Class 7A-District 10) at Palmetto (1-4, 1-0)

When: 7:30 p.m.

Online: Palmettohighsports.com

The scoop: Fresh off a bye, the Mustangs are 2-0 on the road. ... Justin Fischer is sixth in the area in rushing (459) and is averaging 6.4 yards per carry. ... Ranch is allowing 150 yards per game, fourth out of the area's six public schools. ... The Mustangs last beat Palmetto Nov. 6., 2009, a 17-13 win that clinched a playoff berth. ... The Tigers' four losses have come to teams with a combined record of 23-4. ... Quincy Washington has rushed for 507 yards, fourth-best in the area. ... This is the first of three straight district games for Palmetto, which is looking for its fifth straight playoff berth, all under coach Dave Marino.

Prediction: Palmetto 28, Lakewood Ranch 21.

Bayshore (0-5, 0-2 Class 5A-District 13) at Wauchula Hardee (3-3, 0-1)

When: 7:30 p.m.

On the air: 1490 WWPR-AM

Online: hardee.k12.fl.us/hhs/sub_pages/Athletics/athletics.html

The scoop: It's a must-win for the Bruins to salvage any chance at a playoff spot. ... The main issue with Bayshore has been discipline. Last week's home loss to Class 7A Braden River featured several crucial penalties that turned third-and-short or fourth-and-short situations into third-and-long and fourth-and-long situations. ... Hardee isn't the same team as the 2013 version that went 11-2 en route to a region championship game. However, the Wildcats are a formidable force at home this season. Hardee has outscored opponents 58-27 in two home victories. The Wildcats have won eight of their previous nine home games. ... Keyonte Holley rolled up 178 rushing yards on 27 carries and three scores in a 35-14 victory over Avon Park. ... Hardee mustered up 350 rushing yards on 54 attempts as a team.

Prediction: Wauchula Hardee 28, Bayshore 14

Tampa Carrollwood Day (2-3, 1-1 Class 2A-District 5) at Bradenton Christian (4-3, 1-3)

When: 7:30 p.m.

The scoop: This is the first of three straight district tilts for the Patriots, who are still in contention for a playoff berth. ... Carrollwood Day is a run-oriented offense with 183.6 rushing yards per game compared to 95.4 passing yards per game. ... Patriots senior RB Willie Parker is the main running option with four 100-plus-yard rushing games this season and seven rushing touchdowns. ... The Panthers were gouged for 351 rushing yards last week against St. Petersburg Northside Christian. ... That loss was a playoff crusher as BCS was eliminated in its bid to make the postseason for the first time in program history.

Prediction: Tampa Carrollwood Day 35, BCS 14.

Cardinal Mooney (5-1, 0-0 Class 3A-District 6) at Out-of-Door Academy (2-4, 0-1)

When: 7 p.m.

The scoop: If Mooney wins, the Cougars will clinch a playoff berth, while eliminating the Thunder. ... Mooney is coming off a 49-7 rout of St. Petersburg Catholic, the team that ended its season the year before in the playoffs. ... Cougars QB Reese Vita became the program's all-time passing leader with 3,571 yards last week, while tying the program's touchdown mark with his 33rd and 34th career TD passes in the romp over the Barons. ... The Thunder will need pass protection and a balanced attack to earn their first victory against Mooney. ... ODA is averaging 234 total yards offense per game, but the Cougars have the stingiest defense in the area with 149.2 total yards allowed per game.

Prediction: Cardinal Mooney 42, ODA 0.

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