ORLANDO, FL (WWSB) - Venice High School football has captured a state title for the second time in program history.
The Indians cruised to a 37-24 victory Saturday over Bartram Trail High School in the FHSAA Class 7A championship game in Orlando.
Senior Quarterback Bryce Carpenter rushed for the Indians first four touchdowns, and junior kicker Zack Sessa notched field goals of 28 and 45 yards. Also, according to Spectrum Sports, who was broadcasting the championship game, senior receiver Jaivon Heiligh broke a Florida single-season record in receiving yards.
The win closes the book on a spectacular season for Venice, in which the Indians beat area-rival Braden River twice, became the first local team to play IMG Academy (ranked No. 1 in the nation at the time), and beat three-time reigning state champs St. Thomas Aquinas in the state final four 27-20.
The Indians end 2017 with a 14-1 record, their only loss coming against IMG, a 38-12 final back on October 6.
Venice would outscore opponents 403-125 over their next nine games entering the state championship.
The Indians’ only other football state title was back in 2000.
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