The IMG Academy football team was tasked with defending its home turf against The First Academy out of Orlando, Fla. on Friday night. The Royals were a Florida Class 3A semifinalist in 2012, and entered the game with a 3-1 record on the season. However, the night belonged to IMG Academy. The Ascenders struck early with a 61-yard strike from QB Michael O’Connor to RB Jack Wegher and never looked back. The Ascenders advanced to 5-0, sending the Royals home with a loss by a score of 35-5.
BRADENTON -- Joshua Fisher has battled acute lymphoblastic leukemia, a blood cancer, for more than two years.
Josh is only 5 years old. Still, despite the long and tough days getting treatment, Josh is still an avid sports fan.
Josh's favorite is something near and dear to Manatee County sports fans: high school football. And he is living his dream this year: Josh has joined IMG Academy in its inaugural football season as an honorary member.
Josh Fisher welcomed as an honorary member of the IMG Academy Football program.
BRADENTON, Fla. – IMG Academy began their inaugural season of high school football this year, and the Ascenders are not only doing well on the field, but they are also doing good things off of it.
The IMG Academy Football program ventured northbound on I-75 to Ocala, Fla. to take on the Trinity Catholic Celtics on Friday night. The Ascenders got off to a rocky start when a blocked punt in the first quarter resulted in a safety for the Celtics. However, it was all-IMG Academy after that. The Ascenders converted turnovers into touchdowns, storming back to score 33 points that went unanswered until late in the third quarter.
9/20/13 - IMG Academy Football defeated Trinity Catholic 47-23.
During Chris Weinke’s whole football career, in the back of his mind, he was preparing for this moment.
Three-and-a-half years ago, when he arrived at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., many of the things he was doing were geared towards creating this moment.
This moment has arrived.
8/30/2013 - IMG Academy Football defeated Olympia 21-6.
9/6/13 - IMG Academy Football defeated North Miami Beach 30-15.
9/13/13 - IMG Academy Football defeated Cardinal Newman 43-24.