ORLANDO - The Bradenton Manatee Hurricanes rolled to the 7A state championship with a 40-0 win over previously unbeaten Jacksonville First Coast at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando.
Manatee got on the board first in the opening quarter on a 13-yard run by junior quarterback Cord Sandberg.
Sandberg once againgot into the act as he threw a 44-yard scoring strike to junior running back Anthony Lauro and a 14-0 advantage early in the second quarter.
The Hurricanes extended the lead to 23-0 with 9:46 left in the third quarter when Blake Keller recovered a blocked punt in the end zone.
Manatee pushed the lead to 30-0 when Lauro took it in from the 10 with 6:25 left in the third quarter.
Nick Tankersley made it 33-0 with 6:10 left in the game when he hit his second field goal, a 29-yarder.
MANATEE 7 - 10 - 13 - 10 - 40
FIRST COAST0 - 0 - 0 - 0 - 0
M - Cord Sandberg 13 run (Nick Tankersley kick), 7-0.
M - Anthony Lauro 44 pass from Cord Sandberg (Nick Tankersley kick), 14-0.
M - Nick Tankersley 25 field goal, 17-0.
M - Blake Keller recover blocked punt (run failed), 23-0
M - Anthony Lauro 10 run (Nick Tankersley kick), 30-0.
M - Nick Tankersley 29 field goal, 33-0.
M - Taren Cotton 1 run (Nick Tankersley kick), 40-0.
A - 5,196