St. Thomas Aquinas and Venice -- ranked 18th and 25th in the MaxPreps national rankings, respectively -- squared off on Friday in a high-profile match. St. Thomas Aquinas captured a comfortable 38-18 victory over Venice. St. Thomas Aquinas's win was all the more impressive since Venice were averaging only 15.92 points points allowed on the season.
St. Thomas Aquinas's offense rushed out of the gates and came up with 21 first-half points. Venice countered with 3 points, leaving the score at 21-3 going into the half. The offense for St. Thomas Aquinas continued to do well in the second half, scoring another 17 points to put the game away.
The win (their ninth in a row) raised St. Thomas Aquinas's record to 13-1. The defeat dropped Venice's record to 12-2.
St. Thomas Aquinas will take on Lakeland in each of the teams' fifth playoff matchup at 8:00 PM next week. We'll see who bends and who breaks when these two typically dominant teams face off. As for Venice, they do not have any more games currently scheduled.
Playoff bracket for these teams
See how St. Thomas Aquinas vs. Venice plays out in the box score here
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