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Local programs keep winning on Pop Warner Saturdays

The East Manatee Bulldogs stayed red-hot in the Mitey Mite division with a 39-6 victory over the Carrollwood Hurricanes.

East Manatee stayed unbeaten, while knocking the Hurricanes from the undefeated ranks, behind Ethan Bement's four touchdowns.

Josiah Lozada added two scores, while the defense received standout performances from Brody Theriot (two fumble recoveries), Craig Williams (interception) and Trevor Jackson (onside kick recovery on special teams).

The Junior Midget club ran its record to 4-1 with a 14-6 triumph over Carrollwood.

Cody Staton's 72-yard touchdown run and 53-yard touchdown pass to Keyon Fordham paced the Bullodgs.

Staton added a two-point conversion kick, while linebacker Matthew Strauss (interception) joined Noah Ben-ghuzzi, Jared Aker, Chase Knopf and Will Lloyd to anchor a defensive unit that held the Hurricanes to less than 40 yards of total offense.

Other results for the Bulldogs included: a 20-6 victory in the Pee Wees over the Hurricanes and a 12-0 loss in the Junior Pee Wees.

The North Manatee Storm were also in action last Saturday. The Storm's Pee Wee division team improved to 6-0 with a 45-0 rout of the South Pasco Predators.

John Jones (three touchdowns), Chris Gillum (two TDs), Jared Richardson (55-yard punt return) led the Storm's dominant offensive production.

They also received solid defense in the blowout as the Predators didn't record a first down, and had three turnovers.

Dominec McNeil, Jackson Sauerbeck, Dylan Loggins and Vaughn Hayes led the offensive blocking, while Harrison Fuller, Jones, Richardson, Gillum, Gage Clarke and Jakir Fordham led the defense in tackles.

Hayes was a perfect 4 of 4 on PATs.

The Storm also won in the Mitey Mite (6-0 over the Predators) division, while losing in the Tiny Mites (21-0 to the Predators), Junior Pee Wees (8-0 to the Predators) and Midgets (28-20 to the Hurricanes).

Meanwhile, the Manatee Mustangs continued punishing the opposition in every division as they ran off victories over the St. Petersburg Silver Raiders (34-0 Mitey Mites; 36-0 Junior Pee Wees; 36-0 Pee Wees; 13-6 Junior Midgets and 28-2 Midgets).

The Palmetto Trojans and Manatee Wildcats competed on Saturday, too.

The Trojans won games in the Mitey Mites (18-0 over the South Shore Longhorns), Junior Pee Wees (32-0 over the Longhorns) and Midgets (34-2 over the Longhorns). They dropped a 6-0 decision to the Pinellas Park Rebels in double overtime.

The Wildcats defeated the Longhorns Division I squad 32-12 in the Mitey Mites, while losing in the Junior Pee Wees (6-0), Pee Wees (31-0), Junior Midgets (33-0) and Midgets (18-16) against the D-I Longhorn team.

Rebounding Rampage

The Sarasota County Rampage, the lone high school hockey team between Manatee and Sarasota counties for this season, rebounded with a home victory last Friday at the Ellenton Ice and Sports Complex after dropping the season opener the prior week.

The Rampage claimed a 7-6 victory over Jenkins from a bevy of scorers.

Lakewood Ranch's Andrew Kelly tallied a hat trick, while North Port's Ian Peacock (goal), Bradenton's Alexander Zec, Sarasota's Max Mullholand and Sarasota's Logan Mahlock rounded out the scoring.

Sarasota's Nicholas Riccobono and Lakewood Ranch's Kelly Nicholson chipped in two assists apiece.

Volleyball Travel Team Meeting Upcoming

Coastline Volleyball is holding a Parent/Player meeting at Bayshore High School this Sunday at 6 p.m. for any girls interested in club volleyball between the ages of 10 and 18.

The travel team meeting will cover topics such as fees, hotels, tournaments, national qualifiers, coaches, college recruitment, locations, performance training and practices.

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