High School Football

Prep rally | Test your knowledge of the area's top rivalry, Manatee-Southeast

You know the history. You know the coaches.

You know just where to park at either stadium so you can avoid the post-game traffic jam. But how well do you really know the area's most tradition-rich rivalry?

Manatee and Southeast meet at 7:30 p.m. tonight for the 31st time. So what better time to test your knowledge with a little quiz?

Answers can be found at the end of the column, but use the honor system, please.

1How much time was left in the game when Peter Warrick recorded his legendary 60-yard punt return for a touchdown that helped Southeast clip the Canes in 1993?

a. One minute

b. No time

c. 30 seconds

d. Punt return? It was a kickoff return, stupid!

2Who is the former Manatee ballboy whose 28-yard field in the fourth quarter lifted the Canes to a 16-14 victory in 2008?

a. Nick Tankersley

b. Alex Torres

c. Chase Sandberg

d. Phil Chaltis

3 Who nabbed an interception in the end zone to clinch Southeast's 14-9 victory in 1992, the Noles' first in the series since 1985?

a. Talmadge Curry

b. Jerry Nelson

c. Rob Scholl

d. Peter Warrick

4 What Southeast quarterback and wide recevier teamed for a 93-yard game-winning touchdown and ruined Joe Kinnan's return to the sideline in 2005?

a. Chris Hart and Faron Hornes

b. Chris Hart and Todd Speight

c. Marquel Neasman and A.J. Love

d. Faron Hornes and A.J. Love.

5 Manatee won the last meeting at John Kiker Memorial Stadium, 31-24, in 2010. What was the score at halftime?

a. 31-0 Manatee

b. 21-21

c. 24-7 Southeast

d. 0-0

6 Southeast's 34-18 win in 1996 was its fifth straight in the series. What was the Noles' record that season heading into that game?

a. 0-0. It was the season opener

b. 4-0

c. 0-4

d. 2-1

7 This Manatee linebacker's fourth-quarter fumble recovery set up Brion Carnes' game-winning touchdown run in 2009.

a. Brody Kraft

b. Darius White

c. Taylor Shipley

d. Ray Morris

8 Manatee enters Friday's game ranked No. 1 in the nation by USA Today. What year did Southeast have a similar ranking heading into its game with the Hurricanes?

a. 1993

b. 1991

c. 1994

d. The Sporting News ranked Southeast No.1. USA Today never did.

9 How many yards did Adrian McPherson throw for during Southeast's 30-14 win in 2000?

a. 304

b. 0, but he ran for 250

c. 200

d. 191

10 Who won 2004's meeting?

a. Southeast

b. Manatee

c. tie

d. there was no game.


1 -- a. There were 60 seconds on the clock when Warrick sprinted 60 yards for a touchdown. Southeast won its first state title later that year.

2 -- c. The kick was Chase's first field-goal attempt at the varsity level, and he missed a point-after attempt earlier in the game.

3 -- b. The intended receiver on Shevin Wiggins' halfback option was Willie Taggart, now the head coach at Western Kentucky.

4 -- a. Hart and Hornes connected with 1:43 remaining to give the Noles a 13-6 win.

5 -- c. Manatee running back Mike Blakely overcame a sore left shoulder to run for four touchdowns and 150 yards to lead the comeback.

6 -- c. Southeast hadn't won a game before beating Manatee that year. The Noles wound up losing to Brandon in a Class 6A-District 8 tiebreaker and Manatee went 4-6, marking the first time since 1980 Manatee County didn't send a football team to the playoffs.

7 -- c. Shipley recovered the ball at Southeast's 29-yard line with 5:29 remaining. Carnes' 4-yard run roughly two minutes later gave the Canes a 30-26 win.

8. -- c. Though a loss to Riverview later that year cost Southeast a shot at a mythical national title, the Noles went on to win their second straight state championship.

9 -- a. McPherson threw for 126 yards in the game's first five minutes.

10 -- d. Scheduled for Sept. 3, the game was postponed in anticipation of Hurricane Frances, and the sides couldn't agree on a make-up date.

n If you got 10 right, get your ring measurements because you're a state champion.

n If you got between 6-9, congratulations on your long playoff run.

n If you got 5 right, you finished .500. Not bad.

n If you got between 0-4 right, well, hey, spring football will be here before you know it.

John Lembo, Herald sports writer, can be reached at 941-745-7080, ext. 2097. Follow him on Twitter at @JohnLembo1878.

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