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St. Frances Academy takes care of Venice 34-17, wins 11th consecutive game

Photo Credit: ScoreBook Live (Alex Walworth)

VENICE, FLORIDA—St. Frances Academy made the trip to the Sunshine State for their matchup against Venice and came away only once again showing why they are one of the best teams in the country. The Panthers took care of Venice 34-17, winning their 11th consecutive game.

While Venice came out strong, held St. Frances Academy scoreless through the first quarter, and kicked a field goal to take an early 3-0 lead, it was only a matter of time until the Panther offense found momentum.

They found their rhythm on the ground, led by a tandem of running backs in Boston College commit, Durrell Robinson, and junior, DeJuan Williams. The duo combined for more than 300 rushing yards and three touchdowns.

The run game shined all night for the Panthers, but it was quarterback, Michael Van Buren, that got the offense going with his arm. He found tight end, Chase Wilkens, for a 12-yard touchdown to take a 7-3 lead.

The Robinson-Williams duo took over in the backfield from there, scoring late in the first half, and Williams broke away for an 80-yard touchdown to open the second half to make the score 20-3.

Blake Woodby then took a turn in the backfield and found his way to the end zone from 65 yards out for a touchdown, extending their lead to 27-3.

Venice found the end zone late in the third quarter with a 9-yard touchdown pass from Brooks Bentley to tight end, Fin Jones, and Keyon Sears was able to punch in the two-point conversion.

But the Panthers only continued to do what they did all night, as Michael Van Buren found Maryland commit, Ryan Manning, for a long pass to bring St. Frances Academy inside the Venice 5-yard line. Robinson capped off the drive there with a 2-yard touchdown.

Brooks Bentley allowed Venice to score once again with an 18-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Matulevich, but it was too late for the Indians. St. Frances Academy had already overpowered Venice, and came away with a 34-17 win.

St. Frances Academy will stay on the road and travel to South Carolina to take on Dutch Fork, who is also undefeated, and Venice will stay at home and host Seminole.

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