Carpenter, Peacock & Creneti receive top FL awards

SARASOTA – Some awards are dished out to a couple Venice Indians and another state champ on the Suncoast. Venice Head Coach John Peacock was named 7A Coach of the Year by the Florida Dairy Farmers. And his QB Bryce Carpenter took home 7A Player of the Year honors. Carpenter is now a finalist for Florida Dairy Farms “Mr. Football” award which would be quite the honor for the four year starter. And St. Stephen’s Head Coach Tod Creneti...

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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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Sarasota’s Ryals resigns as Sailors football coach

SARASOTA – The head football coach at Sarasota High School has resigned. Coach Bryan Ryals was there for 4 seasons and went 16–25 with the Sailors. Sarasota hasn’t had a winning season since 2006 when they went 6–4. Ryals will remain with the school as its First Step Outreach Coordinator, a provider of substance–abuse treatment. A national search will begin for his replacement. Coach Ryals thanked the school for the opportunity and...

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Bill Buck Chevrolet thanks Venice football team

SARASOTA COUNTY – Down the road in South Sarasota County the Indians are looking for back to back regional titles. Last night one of their sponsors, Bill Buck Chevrolet, held a thank you/ good luck dinner for the team at Bogey’s in Venice. I’m sure you’ve seen those Bill Buck commercials here on SNN featuring the 2017 Indians team. It’s a relationship that has worked out well for both parties involved. The Indians play Friday night at...

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Riverview’s Smithers reflects on statement win

SARASOTA COUNTY – Riverview’s victory Friday night at Vero Beach clinched them a spot in the regional final for the first time since 2004, but it also was a special one for head coach Josh Smithers. Coach Smithers is no stranger to the head coaching role. He spent 8 years as the head guy at his alma–mater Cardinal Mooney and found some success with the Cougars. But even coach said he never really won that big game, always falling...

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