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Updated: 04/10/2018 08:17:02PM

State Football Champs!

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Venice quarterback Bryce Carpenter plows through the line for a hard-fought first down during the Class 7A state title game.

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Bryce Carpenter, center, celebrates with his teammates with the state championship trophy held high last December in Orlando.

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The Venice bench reacts after a crucial fourth-down stop in the second half.

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Double coverage doesn’t stop Jaivon Heiligh from pulling down another reception. Heiligh finished his senior season with 131 catches for 2,359 yards and 32 touchdowns — all of which are new single-season state records.

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Indians’ center Jesse Grimes turns Bartram Trail’s Marcus Thurston (52) inside as Bryce Carpenter (at right) goes outside.

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Indians’ linebacker Drue Streich took a brief turn on offense where he showed off his blocking skills.

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Bryce Carpenter points to the heavens while celebrating one of his four touchdown runs in the Indians' Class 7A championship victory over Bartram Trail.

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Weston Bolyard of Venice (in green) battles the Bears’ Brad Cecil. Bolyard had a sack on the final play of the game to seal the state title for the Indians.

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Marlem Louis (32) of Venice and Kevin Maurer (3) of Bartram Trail do battle on special teams while Caleb Smith (34) stays in his lane.

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A height disadvantage wasn’t enough to keep Jared Bailey from winning this battle.

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The Venice Indians charge out of the tunnel and get set for battle with Bartram Trail in the Class 7A state championship game at Camping World Stadium in Orlando.

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After having a final word with friends and family, Indians’ punter Austin Moulton straps on his helmet moments before kickoff. Above Moulton from left are: Stacey Moulton, Ryan Burton, Matt Moulton, Alaila Moulton and Rachel Luff.

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VHS Athletic Director Pete Dombroski enjoys his time with the championship trophy.

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Venice senior Jeremy Trebbles takes a memorable selfie in front of the Venice faithful in the afterglow of a state championship victory.

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The Venice Cheerleaders kept the energy level high along the Indians sideline.

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The energy in the makeshift Venice High student section never waned – even when the cameras had gone elsewhere.

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A big halftime lead had the Venice High School Marching Indians in a festive mood.

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As Venice opened the fourth quarter with a 24-point lead, these students began to smell victory.

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Venice senior Jeremy Trebbles takes a memorable selfie in front of the Venice faithful in the afterglow of a state championship victory.

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Venice senior Jeremy Trebbles takes a memorable selfie in front of the Venice faithful in the afterglow of a state championship victory.

PHOTO BY STEPHEN McKAY
Venice senior Jeremy Trebbles takes a memorable selfie in front of the Venice faithful in the afterglow of a state championship victory.

PHOTO BY STEPHEN McKAY
Venice senior Jeremy Trebbles takes a memorable selfie in front of the Venice faithful in the afterglow of a state championship victory.

PHOTO BY STEPHEN McKAY
Venice senior Jeremy Trebbles takes a memorable selfie in front of the Venice faithful in the afterglow of a state championship victory.

By SCOTT LOCKWOOD

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A week after disposing of national power and three-time defending state champion St. Thomas Aquinas, the Venice Indians didn’t want to fall into a trap against Bartram Trail in last weekend’s Class 7A state championship game in a chilly, breezy Camping World Stadium in Orlando.

“We knew we had to finish the deal, come here and play good football against a good Bartram Trail team,” Venice head coach John Peacock said.

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