Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Turnover Sparks Indians to Victory

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Turnover Sparks Indians to Victory

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VENICE

CLASS 6A-3: Hillsborough poised to score before fumble opens the door

A familiar script played out for Venice High, and the Indians got the break they needed.

After getting that break, Venice went on a 95-yard drive to keep its lead before holding on to a 35-29 win over Hillsborough in a Class 6A-Region 2 quarterfinal Friday night at Powell-Davis Stadium.

Langston Provitt ran for 117 yards and two scores. He caught a TD pass from Bryce Carpenter, who also ran for 91 yards.

The Indians (10-1) will get their rematch with Armwood (11-0) in the region semifinals next week. This time the game is at Venice High School.

Last season in the first round, Venice had a 10-7 halftime lead at Armwood, only to lose 31-19 in Seffner.

It looked like the same thing would happen Friday. Venice led 21- 19 at halftime, but opened the second half with a three-and-out drive.

The Terriers (9-2) came close to taking the lead, but Provitt ran down Michael Hampton at the Venice 1. Instead of a 56-yard touchdown, Hillsborough had first-and-goal.

On second down from the 3, Dwayne Lawson was not ready for the snap and Venice's Beau Perkins, the hero from the win at Largo four weeks ago, recovered the fumble.

The Indians marched 95 yards in 13 plays -- all runs -- capped when Provitt took it in from the 18, breaking three tackles along the way. The drive took 5 minutes, 45 seconds, and Venice grabbed a 28-19 lead with 2:21 left in the third quarter.

Lawson rebounded after a failed on sides kick by the Indians. The 6-foot-5 senior, who has committed to Miami, capped a 52-yard drive with a kepper from the 4 on the first play of the fourth quarter.

Trailing 28-26, the Terriers needed a stop. But Venice kept running it until the Indians faced fourth-and-6 at the Hillsborough 10.

Bryce Carpenter rolled to his right, then threw across the field to an open Malik Bryant, who made the catch in the end zone just before a Terriers defender tackled him with 4:55 left. …

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