|photo by Grant Jefferies|
Winners of four straight following Saturday's 39-26 win over rival Southeast, the Hurricanes are ranked 71st in the HSFB100 at nationalhsfootball.com.
Ranked No.1 in three different national polls during the 2012 season, Manatee entered this season unranked. But Manatee began last week ninth in Class 8A by The Associated Press.
The Hurricanes open Class 8A-District 7 on Thursday at Riverview. Manatee has won 50 straight regular-season games against Florida opponents and has not lost a district game since Oct. 31, 2008 at Venice.
IMG Academy also cracked the HSFB100, entering the list at 89 after beating New Jersey's St.Peter's Prep. St. Peter's entered the game ranked fifth and is now 27th.