Venice gets a second crack at district champs Manatee in regional final
VENICE -- A first quarter downpour, Manatee domination on the ground, ultimately resulting in a district clinching victory for the Hurricanes. 111 points scored by John Peacock's Venice squad the first two rounds of the playoffs.
“We didn’t play very well, in October and I think we are much better football team right now,” Peacock said.
Speaking of the identity, how about the man under center, Steffan Johnson.
“Every one is talking about Steffan Johnson, he has done a great job of running our offense, the offensive line has done a great job the last couple of weeks," Peacock said.
He has also captured the attention of some of his teammates.
“Stephan Johnson, he is a dog, he’s just an athlete, he is going to do what he has to do to get in the end zone,” George said.
387 yards on the ground, and five rushing scores. All done on the games biggest stage.
“In the playoffs, in the second round, against an undefeated team, that was something special," Peacock said.
For upperclassman, like defensive back Cris George, this could be all she wrote.
Cris George Senior Defensive Back “Revenge, that is all we want right now, we want to win,” George said.
Napoleon Harris gashed up the Indians for 142 yards on that rainy night back in October.
“Try and duplicate what we did last time we played them. And the main thing is, stay mentally focused,” Harris said.
The Hurricanes have won three of the four meetings with the Indians in the playoffs.
“We just have to make sure we line up and be discipline, be physical and we will see what happens from there. The kids playing determine the game on Friday nights,” Yusef Shakir said.
“I feel like it is going to be one of those games where the spotlight is on Manatee and we are going to have to show everyone what we can do,” Harris said.