New twist as top tier programs square off yet again
VENICE -- Last year, while the rest of the country was Black Friday shopping, Riverview and Venice were game planning for an appearance in the state semifinals. Tomorrow night, two of the most dominant programs in the area will do battle.
“I am sure our guys will fired up and ready to go,” Smithers said.
Riverview a, 57-12 winner over Ridge Community a week ago, has had no trouble finding the end-zone this year, scoring 28 or more in all four games.
“For us, we have to take care of Riverview and make sure we don’t turn the ball over, and try and put as many points on the board as possible,” Smithers said.
Quarterback Sean White is ready for hear Ram Nation loud and proud at Powell Davis Stadium on Friday.
“It is nice, we get to have some fans of Riverview come to the game instead of going all the way to Tampa, Orlando, or something like that, so we have more of a crowd, more support there. It is going to be a tough game, Venice is always good, last year was tough one. Hopefully get a win this year,” White said.
A chance to sit in the home locker room on game-day for John Peacock and Venice. It will be their first time wearing the home uniforms since the regular season opener back on August 23rd.
“Feels like we have been on the year for the last half a year,” Peacock said.
The Indians won a thriller two weeks ago, in Jacksonville, eventually downing Trinity Christian Academy 50-49 in double overtime.
“I feel like we have made our biggest jump these past two weeks than any other this time year,” Peacock said.
We can’t talk about this match-up without mentioning the two former Rams who now dawn the gang green. Malachi Wideman, and Chuck Brantley. Brantley has the Indians lone interception thus far, and Wideman has stockpiled 21 receptions, 283 yards, and a pair of touchdowns.
“I cherish a lot of times at Riverview, definitely came across some people who helped me along the way,” Wideman said.
“He is un-coverable, there is no one in the country that can cover the kid. You can go back and look when IMG has the number one corner in the country and he has help over top every single time,” Peacock said.
The young man who traded in his maroon for green, is looking for something more than simply a win on Friday.
“Making sure I definitely get my respect as a football players this year. It is all love, but I am here at Venice, so it is what it is,” Wideman said.