MANATEE --There are certainly no cupcakes on Palmetto’s schedule. Head coach Dave Marino has worked hard to build his Tiger program into a power.

“Our philosophy has always been the same, we have always wanted to play as tough a schedule as we can,” Marino said.

Last week, Dave Marino’s Tigers prevailed in a wet, muddy grudge match against longtime rival Manatee. Downing the Hurricanes in over-time.

“The teams that handle adversity the best are the teams that are going to be the most successful,” Marino said.

Linebacker Mikell Brown was a monster on the defensive side of the ball. Racking up 15 tackles, forcing two fumbles, and securing an interception.

“Cross River rivalry, it means a lot senior season. It is my last time playing it so we had to get the W,” Brown said.

The big programs on the schedule keep on coming for Palmetto.

“It doesn’t get any bigger than Riverview, they are an outstanding program, a perennial powerhouse,” Marino said. “They are a good team, but we are too, so we are going to give them all we got,” Lajohntay Wester said.

Two of the best programs the Suncoast has to offer. Skill Player extraordinaire, Lajohntay Wester is ready to air it out.

“This Friday it is supposed to be clear skies, so we plan on having a big night,” Wester said.

As for prepping for a talented team like Riverview, Brown has the answer.

“They got a lot of fast receivers, but we do too, and we go against our receivers every day so I feel like it is the same thing,” Brown said.

Kickoff slated for 7:30 at the Ram Bowl.