High school football teams around Pinellas County are preparing game plans for a new year and so is The Suncoast News. The website providing the most complete, individual live game coverage in the Tampa Bay area is back for another year. At least one featured Game of the Week will receive an in-depth recap that includes full stats and box scores, player and coach reactions and 15-20 photographs of the action. In print every Thursday, The Suncoast News will feature articles on North Pinellas teams and players and let you know what game will be featured Friday night at SuncoastNews.com. The website will provide additional coverage, as well as game previews for each of five North Pinellas programs every week: Countryside, Dunedin, East Lake, Palm Harbor University and Tarpon Springs.
Kicking off this year's online Suncoast News Game of the Week coverage is a double-dip of preseason football. Dunedin at Largo, Thursday, 7p.m. LARGO — Dunedin and new head coach Matt LePain get about as tough a test as they could ask for with a trip to county-power Largo High. The Falcons will have their hands full trying to contain a talent-laden Packers squad intending to compete for a district crown and deep playoff push. Dunedin's low on number but high on confidence with LePain at the helm. The former Largo defensive coordinator continues to establish himself as one of the top coaches in the county and possesses a nice core of talent that will improve on last year's 1-9 mark. Seniors Jordan Williams (RB-DB), Adarius Sims (WR-DB) and Hunter Breese (OL) and sophomores Janero Crankfield (WR-DB) and Kane Taylor (DL-OL) will lead the way. Bradenton Manatee at East Lake, Friday, 7:30 p.m. EAST LAKE — One of the Tampa Bay area's marquee match-ups will kickoff in North Pinellas Friday night when Bradenton Manatee and East Lake tangle for the second straight preseason. Manatee took out East Lake 38-7 in Bradenton last year, but 21 of those 38 points were scored in the final quarter of play when more backup players are typically on the field. The Eagles responded to that minor setback by rattling off 13 straight victories before falling in overtime in the Class 7A state semifinals. East Lake will be led this year by one of the highest-rated players in America, George Campbell (LB-WR), along with LB Dylan Renaker, DL Conor Trump, DL Regis Steighner, DB Justin Strnad, LB Carson Lydon and QB Jake Hudson.