Venice falls to Aquinas in state semifinals
FORT LAUDERDALE - The Venice Indians met the St. Thomas Aquinas Raiders in the state football semifinals for the third straight year. Each times the team have met in the past 2 years, the winning team has gone on to win the State Championship. The Raiders took this match 38-18, and will head for Orlando.
The Raiders got out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter thanks to a 75-yard TD run and then an 18-yard TD pass. The Indians clawed their way in for a field goal to cut the lead to 14-3 after they recovered a fumble. An ensuing Indians defensive interception led to another field goal attempt by Zack Sessa, but it was blocked. He would later hit another FG after Aquinas' third TD of the day, so it was 21-6.
It was a hard fought battle, but St. Thomas has won a multitude of State Championships(10), and they will play for an 11th against Lakeland in Orlando Friday night in Orlando. The Indians never gave up, but the Raiders were too much on this night, as they often are at Brian Piccolo Stadium. They have not lost a post-season game at home since 2003. The Indians finish the season 2 wins away from winning a 2nd straight title of their own.