October 24, 2012
USA Today's 1 nationally ranked Manatee headlines week 11 of High School Football on CSS as the 7-0 Hurricanes play host to the 7-0 Palmetto Tigers, Friday, 7:30 p.m. ET. in Bradenton, FL.
In addition to being ranked 1 by USA Today, Manatee is also 1 in the Max Preps Writers poll and 11 in the Max Preps computer national rankings. The Hurricanes are Florida's defending 7A state champions, the fifth state title in school history with the others coming in 1983, '85, '89 and '92. Manatee also reached the state finals
in 2009 and the state semi-finals in 2010.
Palmetto is 7th in the current Max Preps Florida 5A rankings after coming up just two wins shy of the Tigers second state championship and first since 1975 finishing the 2011 season with a 12-2 record. The Tigers only regular season defeat last year was a 29-26 loss to Manatee. Palmetto later fell to Miami Norland in the state semi-finals.
In the Huddle Hero Watch
3-star Cord Sandberg - Committed to Mississippi State - 247 Sports Rating (89) - 247 Composite 7 ranked dual threat QB in the nation
3-star CB Willie Smith - Committed to FIU - 247 Sports Rating (80)
2-star OLB Blake Keller - Committed to UCF - 247 Sports Rating (76)
2-star APB Anthony Lauro - Committed to Akron - 247 Sports Rating (76)
DT Derrick Calloway - Leading offers from Arkansas, USF and Texas Tech
4-star junior DT Demarcus Christmas - Committed to Florida State - 247 Sports Rating (97) - 247 Sports 2 junior DT and 5 prospect in the state of Florida for 2014