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Updated: 11/29/2017 09:18:05AM

Indians set for rematch with Aquinas

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Bryce Carpenter and the Venice Indians will battle St. Thomas Aquinas in Friday night's Class 7A state semifinal at Powell-Davis Stadium.

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Jaivon Heiligh (left) and Damian Brown (11) celebrate Heiligh's 20-yard touchdown catch with the Venice High School student section during the Indians' regional quarterfinal win over St. Pete. Heiligh and the rest of the high-octane Venice offense are set to face three-time defending state champ St. Thomas Aquinas on Friday night at Powell-Davis Stadium.

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Venice head coach John Peacock (center) and the Indians - fresh off their first back-to-back regional titles in school history - will host St. Thomas Aquinas in a state semifinal rematch Friday night. The winner will play for the Class 7A state title next weekend.

By SCOTT LOCKWOOD

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As soon as the final whistle sounded on Venice’s 48-17 victory over Tampa Bay Tech in last week’s regional title game, talk on the sidelines and in the postgame huddle immediately started about getting ready for a state semifinal rematch that’s been on the Indians’ minds since last year’s finale.

That talk centered around Region 7A-4 champion St. Thomas Aquinas, the three-time defending state champions that stopped Venice with a 46-8 win in last year’s state semifinal.

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