The Venice Viking Knights traveled to Miami on Saturday to take on the West End Warriors in the first round of the Pop Warner regional playoffs.
Following an undefeated run through the regular season, the Knights’ season came to an end in Miami, falling 38-13 to the Warriors.
The Knights came out flat to start the game and found themselves down 16-0 just four minutes in.
The Knights scored to make the game a bit closer at 16-6 going into halftime and though they would score again in the third quarter, Venice couldn’t stop the Warriors’ offensive attack.
The Knights team was led by quarterbacks Malakai Corbett and Kasen Williams; running backs Winston Watkins Jr., Micah Walker-Brown, Drew Vanderpoel and Jayden Della Rocco; offensive linemen Dylan Menard, Jayden Smith, Zeke Settles, Ayden Roberts, Karsten “Bam Bam” Sevenack, Darnell Holbrook Jr., Brian Ellis, Graham Cassani, Harrison Wilson and Logan Welch; and wide receivers Reggie Frazier and Brady Clarkson.
The defense was led by Alex “Hollywood” Schafer, Brady Bryant, Niko Maldonado, Tristen Neeley, Ben Zarkeweicz, Layne Kisovic, Landyn Neri, Maicen Fraser and Taylen Lynch.
These young men have been practicing since June and have worked hard every day to become the 2018 Peace River Conference Champions.
The coaching staff is extremely proud of these boys and looks forward to seeing what their futures hold.
The players would like to thank the coaches for their hard work, dedication and support this season. They use their free time to be with the boys and are a true inspiration.
Thank you, Matt Vanover, Chris Neeley, JB Bryant, Bobby Nowlan, Dillon Della Rocco, Corey Corbett and Hayden Rose, and thank you to Doug Vanover for assisting after regular season.
A special thank-you to the Knights cheerleaders who traveled across the state to show their support. Thank you, ladies, and good luck at Regionals.