In the “Battle of Bradenton” fans from the county came out tonight to witness one of the area’s biggest rivalry games as the Southeast Seminoles hosted the Manatee Hurricanes for the 31st time at John Kiker Memorial Stadium. This is one of the biggest rivalries in the state of Florida, which dates back to 1974. The Hurricanes came into this game ranked No. 1 in national high school polls. The Hurricanes lived up to the hype as they exploded against the Seminoles with six touchdowns and a field goal on their first seven possessions, en route to a dominating 52-13 game.
In the first half, Manatee ran the ball with force and vision while they added long plays in the passing game. Manatee came out with a big offensive line, as they had little trouble moving the ball down the field, scoring the first touchdown of the night. With Southeast trailing 14-0 late in the first quarter, Southeast quarterback scrambled for a touchdown to give the Seminoles their first touchdown of the evening. Manatee scored on all five of its first-half possessions to take a 38-6 halftime lead.
The second half started with Southeast showing they were not ready to give up but then Manatee scoring a touchdown with a run from the 20-yard to flex their muscle. Southeast answerd back with a touchdown. In the middle of the 3rd quarter the Hurricanes looked like they start running down the clock as they held a 45 to 13 lead. The game came to an end with Manatee High School scoring yet another touchdown and final one of the night. The Hurricanes won against the Seminoles for the 6th straight time bringing the final score to 52-13, Manatee.
Manatee quarterback, #24 Cody Sandberg was named the Most Valuable Player of tonight’s game by the Great American Rivalry Series presented by the United States Marines. He ran for 71 yards on 11 carries, including two touchdowns and completed 11 of 14 passes for 210 yards and two touchdowns.
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- Southeast vs. Manatee 2012