The Manatee Hurricanes love facing teams from outside the Tampa Bay area. Manatee is off to a 3-0 start to the season after beating three straight out-of-town opponents.
Junior quarterback Josh Meyer bounced back from two first quarter interceptions to rush for two scores and throw for another in Manatee's 23-13 win over Friendship Academy (Washington D.C.) Friday night. Manatee opened the season with wins over Gilman (Maryland) and Venice (Florida). The Hurricanes have now outscored their opponents, 102-41.
Meyer threw interceptions on consecutive passes on the Hurricanes' first two possessions and was pulled from the game. The Knights scored first on a quarterback sneak by Deandre Parker and led 7-0 after the first quarter.
Meyer re-entered the game in the second quarter and hit Kelvin McKnight deep down the sideline, setting up Meyer's short touchdown run a few plays later. Meyer threw a 23-yard touchdown pass to Marquel Hines in the fourth quarter for a 23-13 lead, sealing the win for Manatee.
The Hurricanes will finally face a local name in Week 4 of the high school season. The Sarasota Sailors will host Manatee on September 20 at 7:30 p.m.