MANATEE  -- Fear the chop! With close to thirty underclassmen on the varsity roster last year for Southeast high school, 2019 has the fellas believing.

 "We have a lot of expectations this year, a lot of sophomores coming back, eight on the offensive side of the ball, so great expectations,” Maleek Huggins said.

Under Brett Timmons, the Seminoles started the 2018 season 3-1, before dropping five of their next six games. Timmons is excited about the direction of his quarterback.

“He is committed to the weight room, he is committed to the process of becoming a better quarterback and a better leader, and I think those things will bode well for us in the future,” Timmons said.

In his second full season running the show, Huggins is hungry and ready to prove something.

“Feel like I am coming in with a lot of experience this year, and I can own it this year,” Huggins said.

In six of the team’s 11 games last year, the defense allowed less than 20 points. Large part thanks to the play of defensive back Camron Bartels.

“Southeast’s history has great defenses, so we are going to be pretty good this year,” Bartels said.

Talk about a prime time clash. In the kickoff classic on August 16th Southeast hosts Manatee.

“A nationally known rivalry game,” Huggins said.

If the Seminoles are going to make the playoffs for the first time since 2016, they will have to get it done in tough 6A-District 12, after the state redistricted it’s football teams.

“Those games matter a little bit more, but every game on the schedule matters. You have the Palmetto’s, the Charlottes, the Port Charlottes, you have the Braden River. I always say, iron sharpens iron, so here we are,” Timmons said.