FHSAA 7A State Championship preview – Venice Indians vs Bartram Trail Bears

VENICE – After knocking off 10–time state champ St. Thomas Aquinas in thrilling fashion, the Venice Indians can’t afford a letdown game. Last week is last week. And now focus is at an all–time high. “More so than any other week. We’re going to try to get on and get off. With having an extra day to prepare, we’re going to take one of those days and make it more of a mental day,” head coach John Peacock said. The Tribe will also use the...

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Venice looks to avenge 2016 loss & go to Orlando

SARASOTA COUNTY – It’s cliché, but Friday night’s state semifinal game really is David vs Goliath. 10–time state champ, St. Thomas Aquinas, visits a Venice team in search of their 2nd. “We have a monster in front of us. The only way you’re going to eat an elephant is one bite at a time,” Venice head coach John Peacock said. The Tribe loaded their schedule this year for this moment. Quarterback Bryce Carpenter explains what was learned...

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Game of the Week: Riverview Hosts Gateway

RAM BOWL- Rolling through the regular season, 8A District 6 Champion, Riverview, earns the right to host the first round of the playoffs on home turf against the Gateway Panthers. “Home in the first round, they’re going to have a two-hour trip coming over here, they are going to have to leave earlier than normal, they get a little bit off schedule, we get to keep ours,” Riverview Head Coach Josh Smithers said. “Then of course we have...

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Friday Football Fever Game of the Week – Braden River Pirates vs Palmetto Tigers

MANATEE COUNTY – After last week’s thriller, can it get any better in 7A District 11 play? Insert Palmetto High and Braden River. “We know it’s going to be a packed house. We know it’s going to be a raucous crowd. We got to make sure we handle the things we can control, limit mistakes and go out there and try to win a football game,” Braden River head coach Curt Bradley said. “It’s bragging rights, within Manatee County, so it’s going...

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Game of the Week – Lemon Bay & Cardinal Mooney

SARASOTA – Football is back and we are celebrating with a great match-up between Lemon Bay and Cardinal Mooney. We’re entering Friday’s game all even. Lemon Bay beating the Cougars in 2015, Cougars biting back with a win in 2016. “We know those guys well down there, we have a lot of respect for them, and with them being a bigger school and a potential playoff team, there’s a lot of playoff points on the line.” Lemon Bay quarterback...

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