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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Manatee starts spring practice in 5th place in the 2014 BHSN Spring Football Poll

LINK to the entire Bright House Sports Network poll.

More Manatee Football speed: DB Nick Peters wins district track meet, moves on to state

Senior DB Nick Peters won the 300 meter hurdles at the district track meet. Peters then placed second at the regional meet qualifying him for the state championship meet on May 3rd. Congratulations!

Rewind: 13 football players from Manatee earn scholarships.

LINK to the video and audio of the event. A 13th player, Marquel Hines, signed in early April with Presbyterian.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Video rewind: 1983 4A State Championship Game - Manatee vs. Miami Southridge

LINK to the video of the entire 1983 state championship game against Miami Southridge.  At the time, 4A was largest classification of high school in football.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

FHSAA considering allowing Florida schools to participate in a national high school football bowl tournament

The nation's top 4 ranked high school football teams may one day be playing in an officially sanctioned national high school football bowl tournament. The FHSAA is slated to review the proposal. LINK to the story.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Manatee football shows up at district track meet; Darian Dailey, Kavious Price and Marquel Hines finish 2nd, 3rd and 4th in 100M

Manatee DB Darian Dailey, who is headed to Rutgers this fall, finished second in the 100M in the district track meet last week with a time of 11.05. Dailey finished second to East Lake's All American receiver George Campbell who ran a 10.98.

Manatee junior Kavious Price placed third, while Marquel Hines, who is headed to Presbyterian, finished fourth.

LINK to details on all the results.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Manatee's Hershel Caywood begins junior year at Brown University; (Video) Caywood "brings the wood" on a hit in practice

According to Brown, Caywood is coming off of a successful sophomore year where he earned a spot on the varsity travel squad. Caywood "brings the wood' on a hit in practice: LINK to video - note the crowd's reaction to his hit.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Manatee opponent spotlight: Ware County (GA) hires new head coach

LINK to the AJC story announcing Ware County, GA, Manatee's Labor Day Weekend opponent in Valdosta, recently hired a new head coach.
LINK to the Ware County Football website.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Manatee's Marquel Hines signs football scholarship with Presbyterian College; 13th senior to earn scholarship

WR Marquel Hines has signed with FCS Presbyterian College in S.C.


Presbyterian College may have got the deal of the century with its late signing of Manatee's Marquel Hines. Presbyterian is a D1 college that plays in the Big South Conference. Hines is the 13th player from this Senior class to sign a scholarship. LINK to video highlights for Marquel Hines; LINK to a video highlight of a Marquel Hines punt return for a TD (play #5); LINK to the Presbyterian College football website; LINK to junior year video highlights for Hines.

WKU newspaper beat writer: (Manatee's) Leon Allen...Fast. And big...

Great tweets from the beat writer of the BG (Kentucky) Daily News:

Leon Allen a 35-yard touchdown run. Fast. And big. And scary.

Leon Allen, punishing defenders along the way, scores on an 18-yard run on the first-team's third offensive possession.

BG Daily News quoting the WKU Head Coach on Manatee's Leon Allen: Now its his turn to shine

A great performance by Leon Allen in the Western Kentucky University spring scrimmage earns rave reviews for Leon Allen.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Manatee's Jonathan Hernandez punts 54 yarder in spring game; Competing for starting position at FSU

Sophomore Jonathan Hernandez is in the mix for the starting punter position at Florida State. LINK to ChopChat.com for the details.

Jonathan Hernandez boots a 54-yard punt. This kid's punted really well as the day has gone on.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Manatee offensive lineman Dylan Beauchamp wins District weightlifting title

Manatee offensive lineman Dylan Beauchamp added another trophy to his trophy case when he won the heavyweight division district title on Friday. LINK to the Bradenton Herald story on Beauchamp's win as well as details on how other Manatee weightlifters finished.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Manatee's Johnnie Lang gets his turn in the spotlight

Rising Junior Johnnie Lang gets his turn in the spotlight this upcoming year. Lang will have big shoes to fill following in the footsteps of Manatee's last four featured running backs, all of whom signed with D1 powers...Bex Axon, Mike Blakely, Leon Allen and Trevon Walters.  LINK to Lang's freshman highlights; LINK to Lang's sophomore year highlights. (Note: The freshman and sophomore highlights shown are against Varsity teams including playoff appearances.) In addition, don't be surprised if another rising junior, Octavious James, vaults onto the scene after posting impressive numbers his sophomore year while on varsity. LINK to varsity highlights for Octavious James.

HISTORY & TRADITION: Manatee High's storied football history was documented in a book published in 1989

Manatee Magic: 75 years of football at Manatee High School was a book written in 1989 by former Bradenton Herald sportswriter Tad Reeve. It detailed 75 years of Manatee football history and was one of the first books in the nation written exclusively about a high school football program.

It is still available on Amazon.com...

http://www.amazon.com/Manatee-magic-years-football-School/dp/B00071TKQ2

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Manatee's Joe Andruzzi and Wes Woodward to carry on football careers at Huntingdon College (AL)

Me & @wes_woodward are playing football at Huntingdon college in Alabama next year! #HawkEm.
LINK to the D3 Huntingdon Hawks football website. LINK to video highlights for Joe Andruzzi.
LINK to video highlights for Wes Woodward. 


University of Northern Iowa's 2014 Spring Football Guide - Former Manatee QB Brion Carnes


LINK to the Spring Football Guide for the University of Northern Iowa,  home of former Hurricane QB Brion Carnes.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Two Manatee football players, Nicholas Peters and Sam Vrinios, win county track titles

Sam Vrinios and Nicholas Peters won county track titles at the recent county track meet this past week. Vrinios, a rising senior, won the 400; Peters, a graduating senior, won the 300 meter hurdles. LINK to the Bradenton Herald for all the details.

LINK to football highlights for Peters.
LINK to football highlights for Vrinios.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Rivals.com: Manatee Wide Receiver Kelvin McKnight expects USF offer soon

Former Manatee QB and current USF Head Coach Willie Taggart appears that he is going to turn to his alma mater again as he rebuilds the USF football program...this time offering rising senior Kelvin McKnight. LINK TO RIVALS.COM STORY. McKnight, in the class of 2015, would join former Manatee teammates DL Derrick Calloway and 2014 Manatee graduate OL Michael Galati.
LINK to McKnight's 2013 season highlights.

NaplesNews.com: Naples-Manatee football game highlights 2014 schedules

LINK to a story on NaplesNews.com.

Nearly 62,000 page views - Readership of the Eye of The Hurricane: Top States, Cities and Countries

Viewership of this blog - Eye of the Hurricane
Top states with interest in Manatee Football
1
Florida
Mar 31, 2014
2
Maryland
Mar 31, 2014
3
California
Mar 31, 2014
4
Georgia
Mar 31, 2014
5
North Carolina
Mar 31, 2014
6
District of Columbia
Mar 23, 2014
7
Virginia
Mar 28, 2014
8
New York
Mar 27, 2014
9
Tennessee
Jan 29, 2014
10
Texas
Mar 31, 2014
11
Washington
Mar 29, 2014
12
South Carolina
Mar 19, 2014
13
New Jersey
Mar 31, 2014
14
Pennsylvania
Mar 28, 2014
15
Ohio
Mar 21, 2014



Top Florida cities with interest in Manatee Football
1
Bradenton
Mar 31, 2014
2
Tampa
Mar 31, 2014
3
Riverview
Mar 31, 2014
4
Fort Lauder
Mar 29, 2014
5
-
Mar 29, 2014
6
Orlando
Mar 31, 2014
7
Vero Beach
Feb 23, 2014
8
Jacksonville
Mar 27, 2014
9
Dover
Mar 29, 2014
10
Nokomis
Mar 18, 2014
11
Clearwater
Mar 10, 2014
12
Lake Mary
Mar 31, 2014
13
Port Saint Lucie
Mar 2, 2014
14
Boca Raton
Mar 30, 2014
15
Gainesville
Mar 3, 2014
16
Lakeland
Mar 13, 2014
17
Jupiter
Mar 28, 2014
18
Fort Myers
Mar 31, 2014
19
Tallahassee
Mar 31, 2014
20
Beverly Hills
Dec 16, 2013
21
West Palm Beach
Mar 2, 2014
22
Miami
Mar 17, 2014
23
Fort Pierce
Mar 14, 2014
24
Venice
Jan 16, 2014

Top Countries with Interest in Manatee Football
1
Brazil
Mar 31, 2014
2
Russian Federation
Feb 25, 2014
3
Canada
Mar 27, 2014
4
Ecuador
Nov 19, 2013
5
Colombia
Mar 27, 2014
6
United Kingdom
Mar 16, 2014