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Updated: 12/16/2017 04:22:17PM

State Champs!

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PHOTO BY STEPHEN McKAY

Venice head coach John Peacock hoists the champoionship trophy after his Indians defeated Bartram Trail 37-24 for the Class 7A state championship in Orlando.

PHOTO BY STEPHEN McKAY

Venice players celebrate winning the Class 7A state championship at Orlando's Camping World Stadium. The title was the first for Venice since 2000.

By SCOTT LOCKWOOD

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When the Venice Indians football players got together for training camp last summer, they knew there was a sense of urgency coming into the 2017 season — especially since it was the last time that the senior-laden group would make a run at a state title.

“All of the kids looked at each other, and we said this has to be our year,” senior wide receiver Jaivon Heiligh said. “We have to do this. It’s our senior year so we have to get it done.”

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