Brian Taylor, Venice football 

When Venice’s game against Trinity Christian came down to one final play on Friday night, running back Brian Taylor’s name was called.

The senior split two defenders and took another head-on as he plowed his way into the end zone to seal the victory.

The Indians lost their starting quarterback to a concussion in the second quarter and leaned on Taylor — who had 31 carries for 181 yards and two touchdowns.

Through three games, Taylor has 323 all-purpose yards and five touchdowns as he remains a key cog of Venice’s offense.

“Brian ran the ball extremely hard,” Venice football coach John Peacock said. “He earned some really tough yards for us. He had a great offseason. He kind of re-invented himself from last season. I’m really proud of him and the way he’s been working.”

Elizabeth Ireland, Venice girls golf 

The Venice girls golf team posted its best score in two years this past week in a win over Charlotte. The Lady Indians beat the Lady Tarpons, 173-288, and were led by Elizabeth Ireland who posted a 40 — her best score to date.

The 40 included an eagle on the par 5 hole No. 12 at Pelican Pointe, and she has also scored several birdies this season as well.

“I’m ecstatic not only with her play, but also her attitude towards playing,” Venice girls golf coach Cary Willgren said. “The past two or three weeks, she’s taken every shot very seriously. Her swing is more compact now and she’s really attacking the ball.

“Her improvement really helps our team because now we can count on somebody in the low to mid 40’s every time out.”

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