The nationally ranked Manatee Hurricanes (3-0) travel across county lines to face its former district opponent Sarasota Sailors (2-1) on Friday night at Ihrig Field, highlighting this week’s high school football schedule in Sarasota and Bradenton.
The ‘Canes come off a 23-13 victory over Friendship Collegiate Academy (Washington, DC) at Kinnan Field in Bradenton. The Sailors lost a heartbreaker to Tallahassee Lincoln 35-27 at home last week. Justin Austin, who has emerged as one of the top running backs in the area, rushed for 108 yards, scored four times including a 95-yard kickoff return for a touchdown for Sarasota.
The Sailors have shown a strong balance of solid offense and defensive play so far this season as they continue to improve under fourth year head coach Ed Volz. Manatee continues to impress with a stingy defense and effective offense.
Sarasota/Bradenton high school football schedule for Friday, September 20:
DeSoto at Booker 7:30 p.m.
Lakewood Ranch at Braden River 7:30 p.m.
Charlotte at Venice 7:30 p.m.
Island Coast at Lemon Bay 7 p.m. (Broadcast on WENG 107.5 FM with Rich Spedaliere)
Southeast at Bayshore 7:30 p.m. (Broadcast on WWPR 1490 AM)
Lehigh at Riverview 7:30 p.m. (Broadcast on WTMY 1280 AM with Steve Huggins)
Citrus Park Christian at Out-of-Door Academy 7 p.m.
Bradenton Christian at Canterbury School 7 p.m.
Lely at Port Charlotte 7:30 p.m.
Palmetto at North Port 7:30 p.m.
Avon Park at Cardinal Mooney 7 p.m. (Broadcast on WSRQ 1220 AM with Ian Deuce)
Manatee at Sarasota 7:30 p.m. (Broadcast on Ustream.TV with Doug Miles and Ed Schneider and WLSS 930 AM with Dave Bristow)
Community School of Naples at Saint Stephen’s 7 p.m.
IMG Academy at Trinity Catholic 7 p.m.
Imagine at Moore Haven 7:30 p.m.
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