The Southeast vs. Manatee game is one of the top ten rivalry games in the state of Florida and it did not disappoint. The game went down to the wire to determine the winner of this 36 year old rivalry.
The winner from Manatee High School, Austin Smith, is a 2-year letterman with the varsity football and baseball teams and carries a 4.0 GPA. He was escorted by his parents, Tim & Kristy.
From Southeast High School, the scholarship recipient is Patrick Broder. Patrick is a 2-year letterman in football at offensive tackle and also plays baseball. He is an outstanding all around student with a passion for music. He plays three different instruments and sings in the school chorus, local community groups, and has sung the National Anthem at basketball games. Escorting him were his parents, Barry and Kathleen.
Tracey played in the Rivalry game in 1983 as captain of the team that went undefeated and won Manatee’s first state title. He went on to play at Florida State as a defensive back. Tracey then played in the NFL for the Buffalo Bills, in the WFL for the Birmingham Fire, and for the Tampa Bay Storm in arena football. Tracey is currently the defensive backs coach for Manatee and has coached here for 13 years.
Pete played in the Southeast-Manatee Rivalry 3 years in 1992, ’93, and ’94. He excelled as a wide receiver and punter and was part of the 1993 team that went undefeated. In 1994, he became quarterback and led Southeast to back-to-back State Championships. He also played basketball and led the Seminoles to an undefeated State Championship, and he won a State Championship in track in the long jump. He attended Florida State University and was part of their 1999 National Championship Team. One of his biggest honors was being named MVP of the 2000 Sugar Bowl. He was then drafted as the 4th pick in the NFL draft by the Cincinnati Bengals. He played 7 years in the NFL and ended his career with a trip to the Super Bowl with the Seattle Seahawks in 2005. Peter became part of the Southeast coaching staff in 2005.