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Commentary | Pop Warner rivalry takes hold in North Manatee

A North River rivalry took place Saturday in the Pop Warner Foundation for Youth Development League.

The North Manatee Storm squared off against the Palmetto Trojans.

Despite playing in home confines of Buffalo Creek Park, the Storm fell in all five division games against the Trojans.

In the Mitey Mite division, the Trojans peeled off a 13-0 victory, which was a scoreless game until the final play of the third quarter. The Storm's defense of Asa Watkins, Dalton Ausborn, Jonathan Styles, Dirk Hernandez, Jayden Dunbar, Wyatt Loggins, T.J. Thomas, Kobe Murrell, Anthony Mack, Troy Perales, Landon Pizano and J'Derian Roe were credited with strong games.

In the Pee Wee division, Stanley Collins was a menace for the Storm. However, three red zone turnovers provided the difference as the Trojans eked out a 7-0 triumph.

The Trojans also won 13-6 in the Junior Midget and 32-20 in the Unlimited division games.

Alejandro Mont had a receiving touchdown from Logan Pizano's arm for the lone Storm score in the Junior Midget setback. Christian Van Cleave also registered an interception.

In the Unlimited Division meeting, Johnny Jones rushed for 90 yards and two total touchdowns. One of those scores was a 60-yard pass to Clyde Townsend, who had a 100-yard receiving day. Ryan Overstreet added a 1-yard touchdown run.

On defense, the Storm were led by Jackson Dietz with seven tackles, Brandon Waiters with six tackles and a sack and Ryan Dunbar's two pass break ups.

The East Manatee Bulldogs, Manatee Mustangs and Manatee Wildcats were also in action Saturday.

The Bulldogs collected three wins, two by forfeit, over the St. Petersburg Silver Raiders. They won the Mitey Mite contest 24-0, and dropped the Junior Pee Wee (19-12) and Junior Midget (32-8) games.

The Mustangs continued their impressive form

with four victories at home against the New Tampa Tigers.

They won the Mitey Mite (28-0), Junior Pee Wee (33-0), Pee Wee (38-6) and Unlimited (32-6) division games. The Wildcats also stood tall Saturday, with five wins against the South Shore Longhorns. The results were: Mitey Mite (45-0), Junior Pee Wee (24-13), Pee Wee (20-7), Junior Midget (12-6) and Unlimited (14-12) divisions.

No Tower of Terror for two Manatee runners

Bradenton's Rae Ann Darling Reed became the female masters division champion of the 2014 Tower of Terror 10-Miler recently at Disney's Hollywood Studios. The Manatee High cross-country and track coach placed fifth overall among females with a time of 1:11:43, which equates to about a 7:11 pace per mile.

Bradenton's Meagan Deslaurier placed third in the 18-25 year old girls age group and 32nd overall among females with a time of 1:18:47.

Tennis team to nationals

A Bradenton tennis team, based out of River Strand in East Manatee, captured the Mixed 18-and-older 10.0 (advanced) division of the USTA Florida Section Championships held earlier this month in Daytona Beach.

As a result, the team heads to the Hilton El Conquistador Resort in Tucson, Ariz., for the USTA League Mixed 18-and-older 6.0/8.0/10.0 National Championships next month as a Florida representative.

Team members include: Kristina Von Kessel (captain), Adriana Garcia, Susan Dean, Matthew Protz, Scott Schuhriemen, Brock Gratton, Cesar Morales, John Hollis, Nathan Griffin, Courtney Spafford, Tatiana Soldatova and Whitney Biles.

Jason Dill, sports reporter, can be reached at 745-7017 or via email at Follow him on Twitter @Jason__Dill.