No. 55 Venice stops No. 20 St. Thomas Aquinas’ state championship run

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Venice is heading to a Florida state high school football champion game for the first time since 2000.  Friday night, the Indians, ranked No. 55 in the latest High School Football America Top 100, knocked-off three-time defending 7A champ St. Thomas Aquinas, which entered the game ranked No. 20 in our national rankings.

Venice came-back from a 17-7 deficit to also snap STA’s playoff streak of 19 straight wins.  Indians quarterback Bryce Carpenter ran for 140 yards on 42 carries and scored two touchdowns.

Next week, Venice will play Bartram Trail for the title.  Bartram Trail beat No. 56 Plant 34-29 in the other state semifinal Friday night.

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