Football Diary with the Burtons #9

Trey Burton helped Venice to another big victory against one of the top teams in Florida. Here is this week's Football Diary with the Burtons. Once again thanks to Trey's mother Cindy Burton-Macfarlane.

What an unbelievable game we had Friday night against Charlotte High School, a meeting between two undefeated 6-0 teams, one ranked No. 7 in District 5A, one ranked No. 9, long time rivals, plus all the additional hype of being televised on Comcast. With Trey being asked to film a commercial to promote the game, and then we come out and stomp them 56-26, really not even that close because we played with a running clock and scout team for the fourth quarter.

Don't get me wrong, Charlotte has athletes, especially at running back, but we were able to score eight touchdowns on eight possessions. Trey kind of went off as there was a small amount of garbage talk and it seemed to motivate him. Actually, knowing Trey as well as I do, I can tell he is about to start playing with another level of intensity now.

The season is just starting now in Trey's mind, and he will step up and lead his teammates through these big games. I don't think he will be doing the "chomp" in the end zone again any time soon, but these types of games make him play with much more emotion because he is beginning to get fired up now.

I truly believe Trey now has hope because our coaching staff, particularly Coach Peacock and Coach Cooley, have given the Indians so many "weapons" and options. Trey is confident in the amount of preparation Coach Cooley has given him and he has learned so much in the last few months. Even the sportscasters on Comcast commented numerous times on the play selection Venice uses. Trey is very grateful for the guidance he has received from his coaches and it shows on the field, he doesn't seem nervous or unsure of himself. Our offensive line was just about as perfect as any o-line could be, and we will make them a turkey dinner with all the trimmings tomorrow (plus Rice Krispie treats of course) before our biggest game so far, Manatee at home, to clinch the district championship for the second straight year.

Manatee is another multi-talented team, with something like five divison one athletes. Coach Shannon said at the Touchdown/Linebacker Club dinner last night that our defense has it's work cut out for them. Manatee is quick and dangerous.

Today is Trey's 17th birthday, and I really wanted to get him tickets to the Florida/Georgia game because he is anxiously awaiting that rematch. We will watch the Gators very closely this weekend to see what Coach Meyer has in store for the Dawgs. Go Gators!

In Moms in Touch this morning we prayed Romans 8:31-32 for the boys "What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? He that spared not his own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?" He freely gives us all things, what a great God we serve.

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