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September 5, 2013
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PLAYERS TO WATCH:
VENICE:- RB Terry Polk; QB Dom Marino; LB Tyler McKenzie
THE OUTLOOK -- Lots of weapons. That's how opponents will look at Manatee this year. Gone is QB Cord Sandberg who guided the 'Canes deep into the playoffs each of his three years under center. But the offense keeps clicking with Missouri commit RB Trevon Walters and an offensive line that likely may place all five in D-1 programs before the year is out (two have already verbally committed).
But Manatee's defense is its strength with Christmas and company tasked with shutting down QB Dom Marino (a transfer from Sarasota Riverview) and RB Polk. Polk had 1789 yards rushing and 22 TD's last year.
The two offenses were machines last year and it looks no different this year. But Manatee is battle-tested a bit more than Venice at this early stage. The good news is - both are primed for a long state playoff run.