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After five weeks of blowouts, the Venice High football team ran into a formidable foe.
And it was not all Fort Lauderdale Cardinal Gibbons.
Venice continually had self-inflicted wounds in a 28-22 loss to the Chiefs in a non-district game in front of a nice crowd Saturday afternoon at Powell-Davis Stadium in a makeup game from Week 1 of the regular season.
During the five previous games, Venice outscored its opposition 249-44. But Class 4A Cardinal Gibbons, which had lost two of its past three, took an early lead and never relinquished it in handing Venice (7-1) its first loss of the season.© DENNIS MAFFEZZOLI / HERALD-TRIBUNE Coach John Peacock speaks with his Venice High football team after a 28-22 loss to Fort Lauderdale Cardinal Gibbons on Saturday at Powell-Davis Stadium in Venice.
A 20-yard pass from Ryan Browne to Jayshon Platt with 7 minutes, 35 seconds left in regulation pulled Venice to within 21-19. However, the two-point conversion pass failed.
Three plays later the Chiefs struck for their biggest play of the game, a 76-yard pass from Dylan Rizk to Davon Kiser, who won a jump ball with a Venice defender and lunged into the end zone. The PAT kick made it 28-19.
A 34-yard field goal by Venice kicker Jack Huber with 4:43 left made it a one-score game at 28-22. Cardinal Gibbons (6-2) ran out the clock, converting two third-down plays during the drive.
The Chiefs were ranked 57th nationally, 19th in Florida and fourth in 4A by MaxPreps and 37th in the FHSAA power rankings.
• Venice has been penalized before, but not to the extent of 21 penalties for 190 yards. And it seemed like every yellow flag hurt. “It had to be a record penalties for Venice, I’m sure,” Coach John Peacock said. “They were calling snap count for the first half of the football game. We’ve got to be more disciplined anyway, whether they are calling it or not. They’re a good football team and having that amount of penalties will kill you offensively. We’ve got to figure out a way to be more disciplined and not shoot ourselves in the foot.”
• Cardinal Gibbons was no angels in this either, being assessed 15 penalties for 144 yards. A key Chiefs penalty came on a point-after touchdown after Venice had pulled to within 14-13 early in the third quarter. With his kicking team on the field, Peacock sent out his offense to gain the one yard needed for the two-point conversion. The run failed leaving Venice chasing a point the rest of the game. Cardinal Gibbons scored a touchdown and kicked the PAT less than a minute into the fourth quarter to take a 21-13 lead. “We showed a little kinks here today when pressure was applied,” Peacock said. “We’ll learn from it. We played good in spurts.”
• Venice showed tremendous balance on offense, rushing for 184 yards and passing for 176 yards. Running back DJ Escort ran 23 times for 99 yards, but was cramping at the end of the game and did not have a carry in the fourth quarter. Quarterback Ryan Browne ran for 64 yards on 16 carries and a touchdown but was sacked three times. He completed 16-of-33 for 176 yards, including a 44-yard scoring pass to Omari Hayes along with the 20-yarder to Platt, who caught eight balls for 103 yards. Hayes was on the receiving end of seven passes for 69 yards. Browne threw one interception and the Chiefs turned into a touchdown. Venice failed to capitalize on its only takeaway, a fumble recovery by junior defensive lineman Damon Wilson, who played a strong game and recorded his team’s only sack.
• Ranked 33rd nationally, second in Florida and first in 8A by MaxPreps and sixth in the FHSAA power rankings, Venice plays host to Riverview at 7:30 p.m. Friday to determine the Class 8A-District 12 championship. The Rams have won seven straight since a Week 1 loss at Sanford Seminole. A number of Riverview players were in attendance. “That’s the most important one there is,” said Peacock, whose team suffered its first regular-season loss since a 32-27 defeat to Manatee on Oct. 30 of last year.
Dennis Maffezzoli is the deputy sports editor for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune and chief reporter for Sarasota Herald-Tribune and HTpreps covering Sarasota, Manatee and Charlotte counties. Support local journalism by subscribing.
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