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Venice Indians advance to State Championship

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VENICE, FL (WWSB) - The Venice High School football team advances to the State Championship game on a thrilling 27-20 victory over the reigning state champions Friday night.

It was a state final four rematch between the St. Thomas Aquinas Raiders and the Venice Indians. A game the Raiders won just a year ago. But last night, it was Venice with home-field advantage.

The game started off slowly for the Indians after their opening drive stalled out in the red zone. The ensuing field goal attempt was blocked by Raider defenders and run back for a touchdown.

Venice would return to the red zone in the second quarter and quarterback Bryce carpenter put the Indians on the board with the team's first touchdown. The home team was still trailing 10-7.

Just before the half, the Raiders score again on a long touchdown pass from quarterback Derek Wingo, who escaped the Indian rush before hitting a wide open receiver.

Venice would come back in the third quarter and score on a pass from Carpenter to wide receiver Jayvon Heiligh. Indians cut the deficit to three points 17-14.

Following an interception, Carpenter scores his second rushing touchdown of the game to give the Indians their first lead of the night.

Venice wouldn't look back, sealing the 27-20 victory with an interception in the final seconds of the game.

Up next, the Venice Indians face Bartram Trail in the State Championship game, which is held in Orlando next Saturday, Dec. 9th.

Fans can purchase tickets to the big game at Ticketmaster. 

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