By Scott Lockwood, Venice Gondolier Sun
IN A NUTSHELL: Venice needed just 56 seconds and three plays to go 85 yards and score on its opening drive of Friday night’s District 7A-11 battle with North Port. The Indians used the quick-strike approach to score on seven of their first eight possessions, with Bryce Carpenter throwing three touchdown passes and running for another in leading the Indians to a 49-0 halftime lead.
DID YOU SEE THAT: In his first appearance at The Preserve since transferring to Venice prior to the 2015 season, Matt Laroche burned the Bobcats for 67 yards on his second carry and capped things off a spinning 42-yard touchdown run that was the only play of a Venice drive. The senior finished with 195 yards on just 9 carries.
THE GAME WAS OVER WHEN: Court Doss barreled through the North Port defense for a 20-yard touchdown run that gave Venice a 21-0 lead before the game was even seven minutes old.
UNSUNG HEROES: The Venice defense terrorized North Port quarterback Devon Allen and the rest of the Bobcat offense all night. The Indians secondary forced Allen to throw 16 straight incompletions over the course of the game and held North port to just 127 yards of total offense and five first downs.
THEY SAID IT: “Venice is a very good football team and we needed to match their tempo early. They went really fast and they caught us out of position. Our kids continued to battle, and that’s what we have to do and take advantage of the opportunities we have. We’ve got a bye week next week, so we have to get healthy and we have to get better as a football team.” — North Port coach Brian Hatler.
VENICE 56, NORTH PORT 0
Venice 28 21 0 7 – 56
North Port 0 0 0 0 – 0
V – Bryce Carpenter 18 run (Zack Sessa kick) 11:04
V – Matt Laroche 26 run (Sessa kick) 7:26
V – Court Doss 20 run (Sessa kick) 5:34
V – Laroche 42 run (Sessa kick) 4:29
V – Jaivon Heiligh 40 pass from Carpenter (Sessa kick) 10:47
V – Heiligh 21 pass from Carpenter (Sessa kick) 6:44
V – Casey Milliken 14 pass from Carpenter (Sessa kick) 2:00
V – Isaiah Mort 5 pass from Cameron Rourke (Sessa kick) 8:05
First Downs 20 5
Rushes-yards 33-356 21-40
Passing 170 87
C-A-I 9-16-0 4-20-0
Fumbles-lost 0-0 2-0
Penalties-yds 6-42 7-55
Rushing: Venice: Matt Laroche 9-195, Court Doss 8-77. Bryce Carpenter 3-30, Cameron Rourke 7-29, Jake Meyers 6-25. North Port: Javon Howell 14-35, Devon Allen 6-6, Octavious Cummings 2-(minus)1.
Passing: Venice: Bryce Carpenter 8-13-0 165; Cameron Rourke 1-3-0 5. North Port: Devon Allen 4-20-87 0.
Receiving: Venice: Jaivon Heiligh 4-108, Doss 2-21, Aaron Hackett 2-17, Casey Milliken 1-14, Isaiah Mort 1-5. North Port: Jeffery Giullaume 1-29, Andrew Bosma 1-27, Skylar Razwilavich 1-21, Cummings 1-10.