Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Indians' Polk Puts on a Show for Fans and Players in Plano

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Indians' Polk Puts on a Show for Fans and Players in Plano

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FOOTBALL: Senior running back carries the load in victory

PLANO, Texas

As the teams lined up for the postgame handshake, members of the Plano East football team wanted to know where "That Polk kid" or "No. 28" was.

Excuse Terry Polk for being near the end of the line. The Venice High senior running back had ice on his hip and probably could have used some on his knees too.

The Panthers eventually found Polk and had nothing but congratulatory handshakes and pats on the back for him, since he carried the load for the Indians for most of Friday night's game.

Venice called Polk's number 34 times and he responded with a 190- yard effort and a touchdown. He also caught two passes for 27 yards in the Indians' impressive 35-21 victory over Plano East at John Clark Stadium.

Polk departed after losing a yard, one of his two negative carries on the night. Like Polk did for the early part of the game, Isaac Whitney carried the load the rest of the way, gaining 35 yards on eight straight carries, as Venice ran the final 8 minutes, 42 seconds off the clock.

It was that way most of the game, a design to keep the potentially potent Panthers' passing attack off the field.

Plano East ran 21 of the first 24 plays of the game, most of the time snapping as soon as the referee's whistle blew to signal the ball in play.

"I thought they snapped 6 seconds in," Venice coach John Peacock said. "They were snapping right on the whistle. We had to find breaks for our defense, and the best way to do that was with keeping our offense on the field."

Game notes

Tex as high schools play with college rules. Touchbacks on kickoffs are brought out to the 25-yard line. Halftime is 28 minutes, although Friday's was a little longer with multiple bands playing. There is no running clock or water breaks, although officials may deem one necessary in excessive heat.

There were roars from the home crowd, which filled about half of the 14,224-seat stadium, when the Panthers made a big play. …

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