Football Diary with the Burtons #10

Trey Burton led Venice to another victory against one Manatee last week. Here is this week's Football Diary with the Burtons. Once again thanks to Trey's mother Cindy Burton-Macfarlane.

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We clinched the district championship for the second year in a row by beating Manatee 31-16 Friday night. The first half was kind of disastrous. We were losing 10-3 at halftime, and we haven't been behind all year so it was a strange feeling. The offense was struggling in the first two quarters. Trey was quoted in the Sarasota Herald Tribune that "we felt like we had been hit in the mouth and we were playing scared."

But something magical happens in our locker room at half time because we always play great in the second half. Actually, from what I heard, it was the players themselves getting on each other and encouraging each other to play harder. Because Dri Archer, our No. 1 running back, was out with an undisclosed injury, Trey took charge and from what I could see, he was not only leading on the field, he was also leading vocally. On the second play of the 3rd quarter, Trey ran 77 yards for a touchdown, and that sparked a dominate performance by the Indians. Beckett Wales caught a pass by his fingertips in the end zone, which was beautiful. Coach Peacock said Trey could have easily run for a touchdown himself, but he really trusts his receivers.

Trey ended up with 206 yards passing with two touchdowns and 163 yards rushing with two touchdowns. Dri was able to return in the 4th quarter and make some nice catches. Justin Grant, Robert Fordham and Josh Boyle, a sophomore, also made awesome catches against a very physical and talented Manatee team.

Defensively, Gerald Oriol is back as defensive end, which is huge for us. Clay really has to compete even more now for his spot since Gerald is a senior and way more talented, but Clay got some reps in at tight end and he seems pleased with his contributions on both sides. Clay and big Ben Steele sandwiched Manatee's quarterback Brion Carnes and knocked him unconscious for about 10 minutes. It is a horrible site to see a player laying motionless on a football field We were so pleased when Brion called Trey the next day to say he was okay. Football is so dangerous, it makes me wonder why we aren't playing baseball, but as Trey says, baseball is boring. Brandon Wilkinson sacked Brion numerous times, so I'm sure that hurt him as well. Jamie Owen, James Auxier and Ethan Mix are bruisers as well.

Coach Peacock does not want us looking past our next opponent North Port, but I can't help being relieved that we have home field advantage for the playoffs.

In Moms in Touch this morning we prayed Romans 8:28 for the boys, "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose".


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