Thursday, April 19, 2012

Prep football: Manatee/Skyline game in jeopardy

(photo by Tiffany Tompkins-Condie)

Manatee's trip this fall to Seattle to face Skyline High may be in danger.

Hurricanes coach Joe Kinnan said the game's sponsor, Next Level Football, has pulled out of the game because the company's airline sponsor, citing high oil prices, had pulled out.

"We've got to make sure it can be funded," Kinnan said of the game. "We're not going to spend $40,000 to fly out there."

Kinnan spoke with Skyline's head coach and athletic director Thursday, and Kinnan said they are hoping to try and line up another sponsor to pay the Canes' airfare. If not, Kinnan said Manatee could fill the vacant spot on its schedule with in-state powers such as Miramar or Miami Central.

For more on this story, check out Friday's edition of The Bradenton Herald or head to later tonight.

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