Brandenton, Florida’s Manatee High School football team went into Friday’s contest against Riverview (Fl.) ranked as the number one team in the nation by USA Today and MaxPreps. They justified their top ranking by effortlessly crushing the hosting Riverview 49-7.
Four-star quarterback recruit and Mississippi State Commit Cord Sandberg led the assault for Manatee, throwing for 264 yards and three touchdown. Sandberg did the entirety of his damage in the first half, letting backups Brodrick Yacy and Chase Richardson deal with Riverview’s feeble defense in the second. Sandberg, a gritty 6-2, 200 pound dual-threat quarterback, committed to Mississippi State on June 11. He went 21 for 25 on Friday night and added a rushing touchdown to his total as well.
All-purpose back Anthony Lauro, a three-star recruit by his own right, ran in a touchdown for Manatee in the first quarter, following a Riverview fumble. Lauro, a 5-10, 190 pound back, currently has offers to play for Air Force, Akron, Holy Cross and Western Kentucky in 2013.
Manatee received contributions from top-rated prospects of the defensive side of the ball as well. Four-star defensive tackle Derrick Calloway and three-star defensive end Blake Keller both recorded sacks for the Hurricanes and helped hold Riverview to just one TD. Keller has committed to play for UCF in 2013, while Calloway has offers from Arkansas, Texas Tech and USC.
Manatee may not have it as easy next week as they host previously top-ranked Miami Central.