September 19: SW Florida/Tampa

It is week three for Florida High School football and here are the games of the week in SW Florida and Tampa.

SOUTHEAST(1-1) AT MANATEE(2-0): These traditional powers in the Bradenton area square off for the 28th time. Manatee has won the last two meetings in the series. Southeast is coming off a loss to Lakewood Ranch who dominated them in the trenches, while Manatee has continued to roll.

The Seminoles of Southeast need to get some offense going and it starts with the running game. Waymon Bowden has just 41 yards through 2 games this year. QB Dyron Speight has 394 yards but is completing just 44.4% of his passes. WR Boe Brand leads the way with 7 catches for 171 yards and two TD's. The OL needs to be much better this week.

On the flip side the Manatee Hurricanes have been rolling since the Spring Game with Largo. After missing the playoffs(a rarity) last year, they have come out with a take no prisoner's attitude this year. QB Brion Carnes(29-46, 494 7/2 on the year), ATH Mike Blakeley (87 rushing, 116 receiving), WR Ace Sanders (9-132), and WR Quentin Bundrage(6-187) are keying the offensive attack. Southeast does match up well with a talented secondary headlined by UF commit Jon Dowling.

The Manatee defense has been even better than the offense, yielding just 3 points and a little over 130 yards through TWO games.

Manatee 31, Southeast 17

Armwood at Tampa Bay Tech:

It is no secret what Tampa Bay Tech will try to do in this one. Feed Miami RB commit Maurice Hagens the ball and take time off the clock while playing stout defense. They will need to get some passing game going with QB Jonathan Williams.

The Hawks of Armwood are consistently one of the most talented teams in the state, while a little young this year, that is certainly still the case. QB Josh Grady can beat you through the air or with his feet. RB Matt Jones is averaging over 9 yards per carry. The defense is once again littered with speed and talent. Four players have sacks this year and Theodore Jackson and Alton Bailey are an awesome 1-2 punch on the DL.

Armwood 28, Tampa Bay Tech 14


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