Monday, August 31, 2009

Canes' Sandberg to lose time after accident

Chase Sandberg, a sophomore wide receiver/placekicker at Manatee, sustained a broken nose and a broken leg after he was hit by a car prior to Friday's Kickoff Classic against Tampa Plant.
Coach Joe Kinnan said Sandberg will be out "for a while" Monday afternoon. Colby Lengel handled the placekicking duties for the Canes on Friday, converting all seven extra points in Manatee's 49-33 win.
Sandberg's dad, Chuck, is a longtime Manatee assistant who currently coaches the Hurricanes' receivers. Chase had two catches last year in that role.
Speaking of the Hurricanes, Kinnan said he was happy with the play of Clinton Heaven, a sophomore defensive back who was in on 11 tackles and assisted on three Friday night.
What he wants to see, however, is better play out of Manatee's tackles and its kicking and passing games, as well as the Canes' defensive ends and linebackers.
"All the mistakes on defense are correctable. What I am happy about is the kids played hard," Kinnan said. "It was a very physical football game. It was not your typical Kickoff Classic - it was a knockdown, drag-out heavyweight fight. And that's what we wanted."
Manatee opens the regular season Friday against Bayshore.

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