Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Prep football: Week 3 matchups

(photo by Tiffany Tompkins-Condie)

Courtney Allen and the Southeast Seminoles look to stay undefeated Friday when they head to Sarasota to face Booker.

Here is a look at this week's games. For more on each matchup, check out Friday's capsules on and The Bradenton Herald.

Don Bosco Prep (1-0) at Manatee (1-1)

The skinny: You may have heard a little something about this one, which begins at 6 p.m. and kicks off the Manatee Memorial Hospital Suncoast Challenge. Jersey-based Bosco Prep sits on top of nearly every national poll, especially in the wake of Saturday's statement-making 35-7 win over powerful Mission Viejo, Calif. The Hurricanes showed no ill effects of their Week 1 loss in Maryland by pummeling Riverview last week and could get back on the national radar with a strong showing against the Ironmen.

Game 2 pits Tampa Plant against Bergen Catholic, another Jersey powerhouse, at 8:30 p.m.

Lakewood Ranch (1-1) at Bayshore (1-1)

The skinny: Both teams should come out on the field to Springsteen's "Born to Run," because you won't see much passing Friday at Balvanz Stadium. Lakewood Ranch has the size, though the Bruins showed some speed in last week's 34-point pasting of Port Charlotte. Will it be enough for Bayshore to beat a county team for the first time since 2007, or will the Mustangs be able to bounce back from Friday's loss to Southeast?

Palmetto (2-0) at Braden River (0-2)

The skinny: The Pirates' offense sputtered last week after quarterback Steven Ross hurt his ankle late in the first half and never returned, and things don't get much easier this week against a Palmetto defense bursting with speed, size and experience. But don't sleep on the Tigers' offense - yeah, they can run (see: Josh Hicks), but quarterback Trent Miller's big game last week at Sarasota let everyone know they can pass, too.

Southeast (2-0) at Booker (0-2)

The skinny: The Seminoles may have been outsized last week against Lakewood Ranch, but that didn't stop them from scoring 33 points thanks in part to Courtney Allen's 188 rushing yards. Southeast should thrive again Friday against a Booker team that yielded 63 points last Friday to Venice.

Tampa Cambridge (1-1, 0-1 Class 2A Urban-District 5) at Bradenton Christian (1-1, 1-0)

The skinny: The Panthers have scored 90 points in two weeks and have found a bona fide back in Avian Humphrey (389 rushing yards), who scored six touchdowns last week against Northside Christian. And first-year quarterback Ryan Cobb (378 passing yards, 146 rushing, 7 total touchdowns) has adapted well to running an offense. But BCS' defense will need to clamp down on a Cambridge team that has scored 97 points in two weeks.

Southwest Florida Christian (1-0, 0-0 Class 2A Urban-District 6) at Saint Stephen's (0-2, 0-2)

The skinny: The young Falcons went into halftime tied last week with Naples First Baptist before things slipped away in the second half, and they have had a hard time against the run thus far. But receiver Adam Vining (10 catches) has made a fine target for quarterback Michael Roberts, and Saint Stephen's may be more accustomed to playing under the lights at Palma Sola Park than they were last week. The Kings, who were off last week, blasted Central Florida Christian Academy (51-0) in Week 1.

Moore Haven (2-0, 1-0 Class 2A Urban-District 6) at Out-of-Door Academy (2-0, 1-0)

The skinny: ODA coach Brett Timmons continues to work his magic with the Thunder, one of three undefeated teams in the area. Now they are locked in a key game against the Terriers. A key game in Week 3? Welcome to life in an eight-team district, where nearly every game counts.

Cardinal Mooney (1-1) at Lake Placid (1-1)

The skinny: It may seem like a long ride for a non-district game, but the Cougars need to get used to it: they play on the road this season against Class 3A-District 6 foes Fort Meade and Frostproof. Win or lose, playing the Dragons on Friday could pay dividends for Cardinal Mooney later this fall.

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