Check out our predictions for the 15 games Friday and 1 Saturday involving area teams

Palmetto Tigers (2-0) at Riverview Rams (1-1)

WHEN, WHERE: 7:30 p.m., Friday, Ram Bowl, 1 Ram Way, Sarasota

WHAT: Non-district game.

LAST WEEK: Palmetto defeated Manatee, 18-12, in overtime at home. Riverview defeated Braden River, 35-28, on the road.

LAST YEAR: Palmetto defeated Riverview, 42-35, in Palmetto.

OF NOTE: Palmetto holds a 4-2 lead over Riverview. ... The Tigers had three takeaways, but committed three turnovers and had trouble sustaining an offense on a rain-soaked field against Manatee. ... Palmetto LB Mikell Brown had 15 tackles (9 solos), 5 tackles for loss, 2 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovery and 1 interception against the Hurricanes. ... The Rams jumped out to a 35-21 lead against Braden River and hung on, unlike their opener against Naples, which kicked a late field goal for a one-point victory.

HT PREPS PREDICTION: Riverview 28, Palmetto 27.

 

South Fort Myers Wolfpack (2-0) at North Port Bobcats (0-2)

WHEN, WHERE: 7:30 p.m., Friday, The Preserve, 6400 W Price Blvd., North Port.

WHAT: Non-district game.

LAST WEEK: South Fort Myers defeated Cape Coral, 36-13, at home. North Port lost to Sarasota, 43-0, at home.

LAST YEAR: Teams did not play.

OF NOTE: The teams split a pair of games with South Fort Myers winning in 2006 and North Port taking a 43-0 decision in 2005. ... After putting up six points in a Week 1 6-0 victory at Fort Myers Cypress Lake, South Fort Myers got its offense on track last week, scoring 28 points in the second half. … North Port was blanked for the first time this season and the third time in six games dating back to last season. ... The Bobcats’ 13 points in Week 1 at Estero came in the second half when they trailed 25-0 at halftime.

HT PREPS PREDICTION: South Fort Myers 29, North Port 10.

 

Braden River Pirates (0-2) at Manatee Hurricanes (0-2)

WHEN, WHERE: 7:30 p.m., Friday, Joe Kinnan Field at Hawkins Stadium, 902 33rd St. Court W., Bradenton.

WHAT: Non-district game.

LAST WEEK: Braden River lost to Riverview, 35-28, at home. Manatee lost to Palmetto, 18-12, in overtime on the road.

LAST YEAR: Braden River defeated Manatee, 41-31, at Braden River.

OF NOTE: Manatee is 4-1 against Braden River, but the Pirates have won the most recent meeting. ... From 2007 to 2014, the Hurricanes lost two games or fewer in a season seven of those eight years. ... Manatee turned the ball over three times, but had three takeaways against Palmetto. … After scoring only a safety in its opener against Largo, Braden River’s offense got rolling against Riverview. ... Pirates QB Shawqi Itraish went 21-for-36 for 274 yards and scored twice on the ground.

HT PREPS PREDICTION: Manatee 24, Braden River 20.

 

Bayshore Bruins (0-2) at Lakewood Ranch Mustangs (1-0)

WHEN, WHERE: 7:30 p.m., Friday, Lakewood Ranch High, 5500 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., Lakewood Ranch.

WHAT: Non-district game.

LAST WEEK: Bayshore lost to Auburndale, 36-7, at home. Lakewood Ranch defeated Lemon Bay, 19-9, on the road.

LAST YEAR: Bayshore defeated Lakewood Ranch, 19-3, at Bayshore.

OF NOTE: Lakewood Ranch is 8-4 against Bayshore, the most wins in program history against one team. ... The Mustangs snapped a 15-game losing streak last week. ... WR Michael Cucci caught two touchdown passes in the first 5 minutes, 17 seconds from two different quarterbacks ... The Lakewood Ranch defense limited the Manta Rays to a field goal until 4:06 remaining in regulation. ... The Bruins scored their first points of the season in the third quarter against Auburndale on a QB Treyvon Jefferson pass. ... Bayshore has lost four fumbles in two games.

HT PREPS PREDICTION: Lakewood Ranch 20, Bayshore 10.

 

Sarasota Sailors (2-0) at Lemon Bay Manta Rays (0-2)

WHEN, WHERE: 7:30 p.m., Friday, Veterans Stadium, 2201 Placida Road, Englewood.

WHAT: Non-district game.

LAST WEEK: Sarasota defeated North Port, 43-0, on the road. Lemon Bay lost to Lakewood Ranch, 19-9, at home.

LAST YEAR: Teams did not play.

OF NOTE: This is the first meeting between the teams. ... Not only has Sarasota scored 94 points in its first two games, the Sailors have yet to allow a point this season. ... Dating back to 2004, Sarasota never has recorded back-to-back shutouts. ... Sailors QB Vince Parisi has completed 73 percent of his passes (19-for-26) for 344 yards and six touchdowns, four to Keandre Collins, who has six catches for 185 yards. ... Lemon Bay had trouble getting its running game on track against Lakewood Ranch. ... Manta Rays QB Jason Hogan completed 10-of-16 for 100 yards in the second half.

HT PREPS PREDICTION: Sarasota 44, Lemon Bay 0.

 

Cardinal Mooney Cougars (1-1) at Tampa Berkeley Prep Buccaneers (2-0)

WHEN, WHERE: 7 p.m., Friday, Berkeley Prep, 4811 Kelly Road, Tampa.

WHAT: Class 3A-Region 3 game.

LAST WEEK: Cardinal Mooney lost to Tampa Catholic, 55-14, on the road. Berkeley Prep defeated Clearwater Calvary Christian, 21-13, on the road.

LAST YEAR: Cardinal Mooney defeated Berkeley Prep, 28-17, in Tampa.

OF NOTE: The game originally was scheduled for Cardinal Mooney, but was moved because the Cougars’ new field is not completed. ... The Cougars are 5-2 lifetime against the Buccaneers. ... Berkeley Prep’s first two games have been decided by eight or fewer points. ... The Buccaneers’ tandem of RB Travis Bates and RB Xavier Townsend, both sophomores, have combined for 476 yards and all five rushing touchdowns.

HT PREPS PREDICTION: Berkeley Prep 28, Cardinal Mooney 20.

 

Charlotte Tarpons (2-0) at Fort Myers Riverdale Raiders (1-1)

WHEN, WHERE: 7:30 p.m., Friday, Riverdale High, 2600 Buckingham Road, Fort Myers.

WHAT: Non-district game.

LAST WEEK: Charlotte defeated Fort Myers, 42-14, at home. Riverdale lost to North Fort Myers, 9-6, on the road.

LAST YEAR: Teams did not play.

OF NOTE: Charlotte has not lost to Riverdale in six meetings, the most recent coming in 2014. ... The closest game was 23 points (twice). ... The Tarpons are coming off an impressive victory over Fort Myers where QB John Busha rushed for three touchdowns, giving him four on the season. Busha has completed 16-of-28 for 159 yards. ... Riverdale followed up a 14-2 Week 1 win at Fort Myers Dunbar with three-point loss. ... The Raiders trailed 9-0 before RB Derrion Herron scored in the fourth quarter.

HT PREPS PREDICTION: Charlotte 35, Riverdale 13.

 

Port Charlotte Pirates (2-0) at DeSoto County Bulldogs (2-0)

WHEN, WHERE: 7:30 p.m., Friday, Bulldog Stadium, 1710 E Gibson St., Arcadia.

WHAT: Non-district game.

LAST WEEK: Port Charlotte defeated Wauchula Hardee County, 21-14, at home. DeSoto defeated Lake Placid, 28-21, in overtime on the road.

LAST YEAR: Teams did not play.

OF NOTE: Port Charlotte’s most recent victory against DeSoto County came in 2005, a 22-21 decision. ... The Bulldogs have a five-game winning streak against the Pirates. ... QB/K Logan Rogers accounted for all 21 of the Pirates’ points with two touchdown passes to WR Dylan Lockhart, a running score, and a field goal. ... Port Charlotte led 21-0 before Hardee scored a pair of touchdowns in the final 4 minutes. ... After being blanked by Charlotte at home in its opener, DeSoto came back with an overtime victory on the road.

HT PREPS PREDICTION: Port Charlotte 26, DeSoto 12.

 

IMG Academy National Ascenders (1-0) at Miami Northwestern Bulls (2-0)

WHEN, WHERE: 7 p.m., Friday, Traz-Powell Stadium.

WHAT: Non-district game.

LAST WEEK: Northwestern defeated Miami Carol City, 10-0, at home. IMG Academy National had its game at home against Miami Norland canceled because of the threat of Hurricane Dorian.

LAST YEAR: IMG Academy defeated Northwestern, 34-7, in Bradenton.

OF NOTE: IMG Academy is 2-0 against Northwestern all-time, also winning 21-0 in 2017. ... The Bulls have yet to allow a point this season, also blanking Fort Lauderdale Cardinal Gibbons, 32-0, in its opener. ... Northwestern finished 10-5 last season, defeating Seffner Armwood, 22-0, in the Class 6A title game. ... The Bulls have a nine-game winning streak dating back to last season. Their most recent loss was a 38-10 defeat to Miami Central last Oct. 19. ... The Ascenders defeated Venice on the road 46-7 on Week 1 in their only action of the season. ... Along with last week’s game, IMG Academy had its kickoff classic canceled.

HT PREPS PREDICTION: IMG Academy 27, Northwestern 21.

 

IMG Academy Varsity Ascenders (1-1) at Naples St. John Neumann Catholic Celtics (1-1)

WHEN, WHERE: 7 p.m., Friday, St. John Neumann Catholic, 3000 53rd St. SW, Naples.

WHAT: Non-district game.

LAST WEEK: IMG Academy Varsity lost to Fort Pierce John Carroll, 42-7, on the road, St. John Neumann lost to Cape Coral Oasis, 16-7, at home.

LAST YEAR: Teams did not play.

OF NOTE: After defeating Winter Haven Akelynn’s Angels Christian Academy, 44-6, in its opener, IMG Academy Varsity suffered a lopsided loss on the other coast in a game moved up a day because of the threat of Hurricane Dorian. ... RB Jack Codwell has 272 rushing yards and three touchdowns, and RB Xavier Terrell 173 yards on the ground and four scores for the Ascenders, who have yet to throw for a score. ... After scoring 56 in a lopsided win at Community School of Naples in its opener, St. John Neumann was held to a touchdown in a loss to Oasis. ... QB Mike Joyce provides a bulk of the Celtics’ offense with 115 passing yards and two touchdowns and 110 rushing yards and a pair of scores on the ground.

HT PREPS PREDICTION: IMG Academy Varsity 28, St. John Neumann 14.

 

Booker Tornadoes (0-2) at Fort Myers Dunbar Tigers (1-1)

WHEN, WHERE: 7:30 p.m., Friday, Dunbar High, 3800 Edison Ave. Fort Myers.

WHAT: Non-district game.

LAST WEEK: Booker lost to Southeast, 34-14, at home. Dunbar defeated Lehigh Acres Lehigh Senior, 8-0, on the road.

LAST YEAR: Teams did not play.

OF NOTE: Booker is 0-2 against Dunbar with the most recent meeting in 2012. ... The Tornadoes have started 0-2 for the fourth straight season. ... Booker has allowed 30-plus points in both games. ... Dunbar has scored 10 points this season, opening with a 14-2 loss at home against Fort Myers Riverdale. ... The Tigers’ offense has failed to score this season, as DB Shawn Russ returned an interception 80 yards last week. ... Dunbar’s defense limited Lehigh to less than 25 total yards.

HT PREPS PREDICTION: Dunbar 6, Booker 0.

 

Saint Stephen’s Falcons (1-1) at Saint Petersburg Catholic Barons (1-1)

WHEN, WHERE: 7 p.m., Friday, St. Petersburg Catholic, 6333 9th Ave N., St. Petersburg.

WHAT: Non-league game.

LAST WEEK: Saint Stephen’s lost to Tampa Cambridge Christian, 42-0, on the road. St. Petersburg Catholic lost to Foundation Academy, 34-13, at home.

LAST YEAR: Teams did not play.

OF NOTE: This is the first meeting between the teams. ... Saint Stephen’s scored in 35 straight games before being shut out last week. ... Falcons QB Dylan Zervos has thrown for 305 yards on 29-of-52 accuracy and one score. ... WR Ty Barker has 16 catches for 152 yards. ... RB DJ Clark has rushed for 134 yards for Saint Stephen’s. ... St. Petersburg Catholic won its opener 35-14 over Tampa Carrollwood Day. ... WR Desean Henry has 12 catches for 123 yards for the Barons. ... St. Pete Catholic QB Cornelius Denmark Jr. has completed 22-of-40 for 223 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

HT PREPS PREDICTION: Saint Stephen’s 22, St. Petersburg Catholic 19.

 

Fort Myers Evangelical Christian Sentinels (1-1) at Southeast Seminoles (1-0)

WHEN, WHERE: 7:30 p.m., Friday, Paul Maechtle Field at John Kiker Memorial Stadium, 1200 37th Ave. E, Bradenton.

WHAT: Non-district game.

LAST WEEK: Evangelical Christian defeated LaBelle, 54-14, on the road. Southeast defeated Booker, 34-14, on the road.

LAST YEAR: Teams did not play.

OF NOTE: This is the first meeting between the teams. ... Coach Earnest Graham’s team bounced back from a 27-12 Week 1 loss at Naples First Baptist Academy by scoring 54 points in the first three quarters against LaBelle. ... Evangelical Christian went 6-5 last season, losing in the first round of the Class 2A playoffs, but picked up a number of transfers heading into this season. ... After having Week 1 off, Southeast opened its season in a big way against Booker. ... QB Maleek Huggins accounted for four touchdowns, including throwing a pair of WR E’rion Neri and rushing for one. ... The Seminoles pitched a shutout in the second half.

HT PREPS PREDICTION: Southeast 27, Evangelical Christian 20.

 

Out-of-Door Academy Thunder (2-0) at Seminole Osceola Warriors (1-1)

WHEN, WHERE: 7:30 p.m., Friday, Osceola High, 9751 98th St., Seminole

WHAT: Non-league game.

LAST WEEK: Out-of-Door Academy defeated Spring Hill Bishop McLaughlin, 27-0, on the road. Osceola lost to Dunedin, 26-6, on the road.

LAST YEAR: Teams did not play.

OF NOTE: This is the first meeting between the teams. ... The game was a late addition to both schedules. ... Out-of-Door won its first two games for the third straight season. ... RB Colin Castro rushed 11 times for 98 yards and scored twice last week for the Thunder. ... DE JJ Easto led the Out-of-Door defense with 7 tackles (3 solo), 3 tackles for a loss and 2 sacks. ... ILB Patrick O’Keefe was the Thunder special teams standout, blocking a punt and recovering it in end zone for a touchdown ... ODA’s defense allowed minus-35 yards rushing on 12 carries. ... After scoring 40 points in its opener at New Port Richey Gulf, Osceola managed just a fourth-quarter touchdown last week.

HT PREPS PREDICTION: Out-of-Door Academy 25, Osceola 22.

 

Venice Indians (1-1) at Jacksonville Trinity Christian Academy Conquerors (1-1)

WHEN, WHERE: 7 p.m., Friday, Trinity Christian Academy, 800 Hammond Blvd., Jacksonville.

WHAT: Non-district game

LAST WEEK: Venice defeated St. Petersburg, 44-0, on the road. Trinity Christian defeated Tallahassee Godby, 45-42, at Gene Cox Stadium in overtime.

LAST YEAR: Teams did not play.

OF NOTE: This is the first meeting between the teams. ... The game evolved Tuesday night after Venice’s game at Vero Beach High was canceled, and Trinity Christian’s home game against Jacksonville Ribault was postponed. ... Venice has three running backs with 98 yards or more: RB Damarion Escort (14 carries, 101 yards, 1 TD), QB Nico Dallacosta (21 carries, 99 yards) and RB Brian Taylor (25 carries, 98 yards, 3 TDs). ... DallaCosta has connected on 25-of-51 for 384 yards and 2 touchdowns, 15 completions to WR Malachi Wideman for 214 yards. ... Trinity Christian followed up a 38-7 Week 1 loss on the road at Lake City Columbia with an overtime victory. After Godby tied the game with a 50-yard punt return for a touchdown and 2-point conversion in the fourth quarter, K Chase Roerig booted a 38-yard field goal. ... RB Kyjuan Herndon has 312 yards rushing on 44 carries and five touchdowns for the Conquerors, who have yet to throw a touchdown pass this season.

HT PREPS PREDICTION: Venice 34, Trinity Christian 21

 

Winter Garden Foundation Academy Lions (1-1) at Bradenton Christian Panthers (1-0)

WHEN, WHERE: 6 p.m., Saturday, Dan van der Koy Field, 3304 43rd St. W., Bradenton.

WHAT: Non-league game.

LAST WEEK: Foundation Academy defeated St. Petersburg Catholic, 34-13, on the road. Bradenton Christian was off.

LAST YEAR: Foundation Academy defeated Bradenton Christian, 30-0, in Winter Garden.

OF NOTE: Foundation Academy opened a 34-7 lead after three quarters against St. Petersburg Catholic. ... Lions QB Henry Austad has thrown for 359 yards and three touchdowns while completing 32-of-57 passes. He also is the team’s leading rusher with 124 yards and two scores. ... Four different backs have scored on the ground for Foundation Academy. ... The Panthers return to action after having Week 2 off. ... Bradenton Christian opened the season with a 41-0 rout of Largo Indian Rocks Christian.

HT PREPS PREDICTION: Foundation Academy 36, Bradenton Christian 31.