Southeast makes the short trip south to Venice, which once again has put together a formidable team.
The Seminoles are coming off a bye, so this is their first action since the loss to Manatee.
Here’s how the matchup breaks down:
Who: Southeast (2-1) at Venice (3-1)
Where: Powell-Davis Stadium
When: 7:30 p.m.
Scouting Venice: Indians have won three straight by a combined 114-27 combined score since season opening loss to third ranked Class 5A Lakeland. Venice likes to run the ball right at opposing defenses with Danny Dillard, who leads the Sarasota-Manatee County area with 585 yards rushing and 10 touchdowns. Quarterback Grant Flessner, a transfer from Cardinal Mooney, cannot be overlooked and keeps everyone honest with an accurate arm. Venice led by defensive end Clay Burton, a Notre Dame commit, is allowing only 97 yards passing per game and should get a big test from Southeast, which is averaging just under 200 yards per game through the air.
Scouting Southeast: The Noles are coming off a bye week, which allowed them to recover from their disappointing loss to Manatee. They will try to give DB/RB Brian Poole some rest so he won’t start cramping up like he did against the Canes. Southeast leads Manatee County in least yards allowed passing giving up only 90 per game. But against Venice, the task is to stop the Indians run game that is spear headed by their big offensive line. If Dyron Speight can connect with his talented group of receivers led by Boe Brand, they could make a game of it. But it appears depth will be a problem again with Venice wearing them down in the fourth quarter.
The score: Venice 27, Southeast 24.