Panthers rout Venice, 49-7, to go 3-0 in Sunshine State


Top-ranked St. Frances made its third visit of the season to Florida, Friday night, and for the third time the Panthers scored exactly 49 points, routing 2017 state champion Venice, 49-7, to ruin the Indians’ homecoming.

Other than Mater Dei (CA), the nation’s top-ranked team which defeated the Panthers 34-18 in California last month, no one has been able to handle St. Frances’ powerful running game, led by a massive offensive line and Michigan-bound running back Blake Corum.

Corum got the Panthers (6-1) on the board with a 1-yard first quarter run and added a 68-yard touchdown run in the second quarter to lead the assault. St. Frances also got a 2-yard TD run by Isaiah Addison and a 13-yard run from Kevin Thompson to take a 21-0 first quarter lead.

Sophomore quarterback John Griffith got into the act with a 7-yard touchdown pass to Jahmail Banks, at the end of the first half, and a 5-yard TD toss to Donylon Morrissette, to open the third quarter, pushing the Panthers’ lead to 42-0 and kicking in the running clock.

Venice got on the board with a touchdown in the third quarter, before Cam Kodua scored on a 10-yard run for St. Frances, early in the fourth quarter, to set the final score.

St. Frances will have a bye next week as it prepares for yet another Florida squad, but this time in Baltimore. The Panthers will host IMG Academy at Morgan State University on Oct. 18th in a much anticipated match-up.