Thursday, September 29, 2011

Prep football: Week 5 matchups

(photo by Paul Videla)

Hard to believe, but the 2011 prep football season has already reached the midway point.

Listed below are the matchups, which includes Hershel Caywood, above, and the Manatee Hurricanes meeting Southeast.

As always, head to and the print edition of The Bradenton Herald on Friday for capsules and previews.

Southeast (4-0) at Manatee (1-2)

The skinny: Well, here we go again...the Noles and Canes mixing it up for the 3oth time. Manatee leads the series (15-14) but Southeast, which has won 10 straight regular-season games, is playing great football. The Canes played a couple of nationally-ranked opponents tough, losing by a combined 13 points. It should be epic. Again.

Lakewood Ranch (2-2) at Palmetto (4-0)

The skinny: Both teams are riding high after notching shutouts during last week's district openers, though the Tigers, who haven't allowed a touchdown in two weeks, are absolutely surging. The battle up front between the Mustangs' massive offensive line and Palmetto's quick and relentless front seven will help decide this one.

Fort Myers Cypress Lake (1-2) at Bayshore (2-2)

The skinny: Last week's loss to Wauchula Hardee put a dent in the Bruins' playoff hopes. But a win this week against the Panthers will give Bayshore some much-needed momentum heading into next Friday's must-win district game against Palmetto.

Braden River (0-4) at Port Charlotte (0-4)

The skinny: We know this much: the Pirates will win Friday. But will it be the ones from Manatee County or from Charlotte County? It is in Braden River's best interest to right the ship Friday - the local Pirates open Class 7A-District 10 play next week at Manatee.

St. Petersburg Shorecrest Prep (1-3) at Saint Stephen's (0-3)

The skinny: The Falcons return home to Turner Fields for a 4 p.m. Homecoming meeting with the Chargers. A change of scenery can't hurt Saint Stephen's, which has allowed at least 34 points to all of their opponents this season.

Bradenton Christian (1-3, 1-2 Class 2A Urban-District 5) at St. Petersburg Canterbury (4-0, 3-0)

The skinny: The Panthers margin for error in the postseason hunt is so slim it's barely visible. Beating the Crusaders, however, who are averaging more than 40 points per week, will be tough.

Fort Myers Evangelical Christian (4-0, 2-0 Class 2A Urban-District 6) at Out-of-Door Academy (3-1, 2-1)

The skinny: Forget this being a possible district championship game: thanks to last week's loss to Neumann, the Thunder need to win just to stay in the postseason chase.

Cardinal Mooney (2-2) at Clearwater Central Catholic (3-1)

The skinny: The Cougars and Marauders continue their rivalry, though Mooney may be catching CCC at the wrong time: the Crusaders have outscored foes 82-13 during their current three-game winning streak.

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