Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

'Canes Dominate Once-Heated Rivalry

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

'Canes Dominate Once-Heated Rivalry

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OVER AT HALF: Manatee runs off to 62-0 lead at the half, then takes foot off the gas

Nineteen years ago, Manatee High led St. Petersburg Dixie Hollins 69-0 at halftime and did everything it could to keep from scoring 100 points. The final score was 83-0.

That was before the days of running clocks.

Friday night's game at Joe Kinnan Field had the same feel. But this wasn't Dixie Hollins.

This was Southeast, allegedly the Hurricanes' biggest rival.

Manatee (5-0) had five touchdowns and 200 yards rushing by the first play of the second quarter. Running back Trevon Walters and Johnnie Lang each scored three touchdowns, the defense forced six turnovers and held Southeast (1-4) to 85 total yards in a 62-0 beatdown.

That was the halftime score.

"I think this was a rivalry game," said Walters, who ran for 150 yards in 10 carries, all before the intermission. "I'm not sure if they still call it a rivalry."

No one wearing blue and orange seemed to be arguing.

"You watch (Manatee) on film and you think you can do things, and you might even have a decent plan," said Southeast coach Paul Maechtle. "But you've still got to be able to execute it against their speed on both sides of the ball."

That was almost exactly what he said after last year's 52-13 loss to Manatee. And the year before, when the 'Canes scored the game's final 41 points.

Five of Southeast's first six offensive plays Friday night went for negative yardage.

Only a running clock -- accepted by Maechtle at halftime -- prevented it from getting worse, maybe much worse. The teams combined to run 63 offensive plays in the first two quarters, but only 28 thereafter.

The county record is 89 points by pre-segregation Lincoln Memorial during a game in the mid-1950s. That school's coach, Eddie Shannon, now 91, watched Friday's massacre from Manatee's sideline. …

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