St. Thomas Aquinas and Venice set to tango again on Black Friday
VENICE -- They know each other all too well, and on Friday they will meet in between the lines for the fourth straight year. Two time state champion coach with Venice, John Peacock is ready for whatever St. Thomas Aquinas throws at them.
“I don’t think that our kids will flinch, I think we are ready for the challenge. We are not going to fall for their little Pop Warner antics when we get there,” Peacock said.
Venice finished the regular season 5-4 and have caught fire in the playoffs. Outscoring opponents 145-52 on the way to their 4th straight regional title. Nate Cowan is as big an Indians fan as they come, and has nothing but confidence.
“I think Saint Thomas isn’t expecting what we have for them, why should we be scared they have to put their pants on the same way we do,” Cowan said.
Venice class of 2020 has seen this script before and want to repeat what went down in 2016.
“Not many people get to go to one, but now I get to go to my fourth one, so this has been fantastic. I am playing for one of the best high schools not just in the state but in the nation," Shrader said.
The Raiders are ranked second in the state, and 13th nationally according to MaxPreps.
“We know they are going to be a tough challenge, we think we can get it done, we know we can get it done,” Shrader said.
On Friday night in Fort Lauderdale it won’t just the players on the field going to battle, but an entire community. Color commentator for the Venice Indians, Monte Jacobs, has seen a community come together.
“This is a one team town, the Venice high school is what Venice is all about,” Jacobs said.