Monday, June 1, 2009

Who's the best team in Manatee County? We shall see.

All six Manatee County football teams will face each other this fall for the first time since Braden River, the county's newest program, began playing a full varsity schedule in 2007.
Now we'll truly get to see who's better. No more jabbering on about who had the tougher schedule or the tougher district. All six teams, at some point in the season, will settle their difference on the football field.
Economics is the cause for all this - what better way to save some cash than schedule a bunch of nearby opponents? And just think of how much money these games will generate at the gate. Financially, this is a no-brainer.
Nonetheless, it should be a whole lot of fun. Manatee and Palmetto, for example, haven't met in the regular season since Sept. 24, 2004. That will change when the Hurricanes roll into Harllee Stadium on Sept. 11.
Manatee will also play Braden River for the first time Oct. 16 at Joe Kinnan Field at Hawkins Stadium.
Some of these all-county affairs will have district implications, such as Braden River's games with Southeast and Bayshore, and Palmetto's game against Lakewood Ranch. Let's face it - those are the games the coaches really want. Beating your backyard rival is nice, but it's not nearly as nice as a long and fruitful playoff run.
And the district games will be fun, too.
But for the first time, all six Manatee schools will meet om the football field. It will be interesting to see who will be left standing.

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