MANATEE COUNTY – Playoff action is in full swing. Follow up your turkey day with some local high school football. Manatee hosts rival Venice this Friday night in a repeat of last year's round-two playoff game, while Palmetto travels to Lake Wales to take on a tough team that upset Southeast at home last Friday night, ending the Seminoles season and thwarting a much-anticipated rematch between the two local teams.
Palmetto should have what it takes to beat Lake Wales. Auburndale, who the Tigers easily handled last week, blanked them 21-0 just three weeks ago. But as they say in football, that's why they play the games. Manatee should be even more likely to beat the Indians, who they stomped 56-27 earlier this season and have now beaten five times in a row. For complete analysis of both games, click here.
High School Football Playoffs
Friday: 7:30 p.m.
Venice @ Manatee
902 33rd Street Court West Bradenton, FL 34205
Palmetto @ Lake Wales
1 Highland Way, Lake Wales, FL
Manatee's fearsome front four (from left): Demarcus Christmas, Derrick Calloway, Marquis Dawsey and Blake Keller
Photo by Dennis Maley
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