Thursday, February 21, 2013

Prep football: Manatee to open 2013 season in Maryland

The Manatee Hurricanes will continue their jet-setting ways in the fall, opening the 2013 season against Gilman, Md., at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 1.
The game will benefit the Brothers In Arms and is set to be played at the University of Maryland. The game will also be broadcast live on ESPN.
Coach Joe Kinnan said the team will fly into Ronald Regan Washington National Airport on Saturday and will tour Washington, D.C. He said a tour of the Pentagon may happen, as well.
"It's going to be a good experience," said Kinnan, who anticipates 51 players making the trip.
Manatee opened the 2010 season in Pittsburgh, Pa., and the '11 campaign in Olney, Md. But a trip to Seattle last season to play Skyline High was scrapped when funding fell through.
"This is going to happen," Kinnan said about the Gilman game.
An all boys school located in Roland Park, Gilman went 9-2 last season and was ranked second in the state by MaxPreps. The Greyhounds also won Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association's Class A title.
The Canes will play another Maryland team when Friendship Collegiate Academy comes to Bradenton on Sept. 13. The teams were supposed to meet last year but couldn't nail down a date, and Manatee wound up hosting Miami Central, the eventual Class 6A state champion.
"We wanted to make right by them," Kinnan said, "by doing this after what happened last year."
The Canes play Tallahassee Lincoln in their spring game.
Listed below is the rest of Manatee's 2013 schedule.
Games are at 7:30 unless otherwise noted.

8/23  East Lake (Kickoff Classic)
9/1 at Gilman, Md, 2 p.m.
9/20 Sarasota
10/11 at Palmetto
10/18 at St. Petersburg*

*-Class 8A-District 7 game


  1. Isn't this a bit of overkill for a high school football team coming from a district with a budget shortfall? Who's paying for this trip as most of the players on the team come from poor not affulent families.

    1. Its called a booster club! Do your reaserch before you post things!

  2. danny boy, the person asked a question, i would call that research, get over yourself

  3. Manatee's booster club has more money than all the other schools combined! County will not pay a dime!

  4. This school needs to be reminded it is an institution of learning.

  5. You saying nothing is learned playing sports and in particular football? I beg to differ, extracurricular activities and certainly football gives adolescents much to draw on to succeed in life.

    Jealousy, like ignorance shows an inferiority complex with a feeble mind.

    Good luck to all of our prep teams that compete in our civic name. Lets educate people nationally about our exceptionalism as a city, county, region, state.

  6. Anonymous- how is a trip to washington dc not a learning experience? Esp if they get to go to the pentagon? they wont be missing any school please tell me the issue?

  7. I would like to know where the first person who posted gets their information. Their are more kids on that team whose family is above the poverty level not below it. How much money your family makes has nothing to do with your ability and drive to play football. The school district doesn't pay anything for these kids to play out of state. These boys love the game of football and have ever since they played Pop Warner and PAL together. Some have never even played on a team until they got to high school. Leave these kids alone as it is their choice to play this game and their choice (not redistricting or recruiting from within the county) as to what team they want to play for. If that were the case then Kinnan would have Courtney Allen (Southeast) playing for him as well as several others who stand out for their high school teams.

  8. What a wonderful opportunity. Look forward to possibly cheering on the team on this trip!! What an experience.

  9. I think Obama's kids attend Friends.

  10. How come there is never a word from these financial watchdogs when a band marches in the Macy's parade?

  11. Hey I bet frazier is still Coaching That got buried to...........LOL

    1. Wrong. Now go somewhere and cheer someone on, or continue running around trying to bring people down. You must live a depressing life. The issue is being dealt with.