Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Booker Beats Booker; Now That's a Bit Confusing

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Booker Beats Booker; Now That's a Bit Confusing

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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: COMMENTARY

It was not as bad as most thought it would be.

It certainly could have been worse.

Losing 41-0 to Venice High certainly is nothing to hang your hat on, but impending doom was expected for the Cardinal Mooney High football team going up against one of the top teams in the state.

Most importantly, the injury suffered to Cougars sophomore linebacker Robby Vassallo appears to be minor. As correspondent Jim Brockman reports, Vassallo, also a catcher who suffered a concussion last year, lost some feeling in his arm and had spasms during the contest.

The grandson of Cardinal Mooney defensive coordinator and long- time Southeast High coach Paul Maechtle was airlifted to Sarasota Memorial Hospital, where he remained overnight, but was released Saturday.

Booker beats Booker

Writing a story when Sarasota Riverview plays Riverview of nearby Hillsborough County, which will happen on Oct. 9 at the Ram Bowl, can be tricky, but having a player named Booker run wild against the Booker Tornadoes can be downright confusing.

This much was clear: Josh Booker of Sarasota High rushed for 268 yards and four touchdowns Friday against the Tornadoes.

Now if Josh Booker played for Booker High, well that is an entirely different conundrum.

Best game is also most entertaining

It is not often what is perceived as the best game of the night turns out to be the most entertaining. Such was the case when Manatee County rivals Manatee High and Palmetto High played their annual game at Harllee Stadium in Palmetto.

In a back-and-forth, see-saw affair, Hurricanes kicker Nick Null provided the difference in a 36-35 Manatee victory with a 37-yard field goal with 20 seconds remaining in regulation.

Null is no stranger to pressure kicks. He booted a 39-yard field goal last November in Orlando to give Manatee a 24-21 victory and the Class 8A-Region 2 title with a win over Dr. Phillips.

Southeast to face some angry Tigers

Southeast High, which played so admirably for three quarters against Braden River High Friday night, now has to face an angry group of Tigers, who squandered an 11-point lead in the final four minutes against Manatee. …

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