Burton Football Diary - 10/16/09

Last season FightinGators.Com was fortunate enough to bring you an inside look into the life on and off the field of quarterback Trey Burton. Thanks to Trey and his mother, Cindy Burton-MacFarlane they will once again give us all a look at what it's like to walk in their shoes.

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This Week's Topics
Venice Big Rivalry Game
Burton vs. Dowling
Clay at it Again
Trey's Big Night

Venice vs. Riverview (Sarasota)

The past three Friday nights have been excellent for the Venice Indians. First we took on one of our biggest rivals, Riverview (Sarasota) and we ran up 41 points before half-time. Trey threw five passes, four for touchdowns in the first half with two rushing touchdowns and then didn't play much in the second half. It was a very sweet victory for us as Riverview's head coach says some pretty nasty things about Trey and Venice in general. It is so nice to beat your rivals three straight years, and we look forward to doing the same to Manatee when we face them on Halloween weekend. Our 1st string defense held Riverview to 11 yards in the first two quarters and one first down and then had to sit out, it was a lot of fun.

Venice vs. Southeast

Up next was future Gator Jonathan Dowling and the Southeast Seminoles. Trey ended up with two rushing touchdowns and two passing with a 50-yard touchdown bomb to Josh Boyle. We won 34-10 and Trey didn't play much of the 4th quarter. Coach Loeffler and his wife Amy came to watch Trey and Jonathan from the sidelines. Clay was a menace to the Southeast quarterback all evening andhe said that was the hardest he has worked all season to date. Clay had 4.5 sacks, one forced fumble and recovery, nine tackles and one pass deflection so he earned the defensive player of the week at last week's Linebacker Club dinner. Clay is quite a speaker and everyone enjoyed hearing him talk about the "suspect" O-lineman he has to face and his desire to destroy quarterbacks. He is a funny guy. Our school record for sacks in one season is 12 set by Brandon Wilkinson last year and Clay is looking to break that record as he has10 so far this season.

Venice vs. North Port

This past Friday we played North Port for our Homecoming game. Trey made homecoming court, and Coach Peacock told our players that if they got up by 40 points at the half, he would let all the football players on the homecoming court out at halftime to stand with the girls on the court while they announced the king and queen. We ended up scoring a touchdown with 33 seconds to go before the half to go up by 42-0. Out of 12 boys on the court, 10 were football players and it was so nice to see them hustle out of the locker room just in time to stand with the girls at the 50-yard line for the announcement (first time in VHS history this has happened). Trey did not win king, but he did have 6 touchdowns in that first half, three passing for 207 yards and three rushing so I think he is cool with that. Trey won offensive player of the week at the Linebacker Dinner this week and spoke for a long time about his goals for the team this year and how much fun he is having as a senior. He opened up the session for questions and answers and the answer he gave that touched me the most is when he was asked "Where would you be without Coach Cooley" (our QB coach) and Trey said "I would be a running back and free safety without Coach Cooley." He also talked about how much work he still has to do to get his mechanics up to the next level and how he is willing to do whatever it takes to get better. Coach Peacock introduced Trey as the one who leads the ship and we all just love him to pieces.

Venice on TV once again

Friday we face Charlotte live on Comcast Channel 28 CSS (Comcast Sports South) at 7:30 p.m. We owe Charlottle big time.

This week in Moms in Touch we prayed Psalm 32:8 for the boys "I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go, I will guide you with My eye." I was heartbroken when I saw the replay of Tim Tebow's hit in the Kentucky game and I think the world of him and his testimony. I watched every moment of the LSU game while the boys were at the homecoming dance (thankfully one of the coaches brought aTV into a room near the gym or Trey would have left earlier than he did). We look forward to returning to The Swamp this Saturday to cheer on Tim and the Gators as they take on those testy Razorbacks.

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