Monday, September 14, 2009

Defense has Kinnan gushing

Counting the Kickoff Classic, Manatee has put up 129 points in three weeks, crafting an attack that's as successful in the air as it is on the ground.
The defense hasn't been too shabby, either.
The Hurricanes have yet to allow a touchdown during their two regular-season games, holding Bayshore and Palmetto to a combined. While neither are offensive juggernauts, Manatee coach Joe Kinnan is hoping the ratio sticks with the Canes throughout the season.
"You don't lose many when you don't let the people get on the scoreboard," Kinnan said, "except on a field goal."
Not even the Manatee defense of 2005 and '06, which carried the Canes to a pair of Class 5A state semifinal games, went consecutive weeks without allowing touchdown.
The Hurricanes (2-0) have allowed less than 300 yards of total offense over the first two weeks of the season. Consequently, they enter Friday's game against Southeast ranked third in the state in Class 5A, behind Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas and Lakeland.

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