Football game notes: Viera vs. Columbia

Football game notes: Viera vs. Columbia

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Football game notes: Viera vs. Columbia

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Viera High players take the field for Friday nights regional finals held at Viera High School stadium.

Viera High players take the field for Friday nights regional finals held at Viera High School stadium.

Class 7A state semifinal

Viera (9-4) at Columbia (12-1)

7:30 p.m., Lake City

Last week: The Hawks defeated Lakeland, 24-14. The Tigers beat Bartram Trail, 51-14.

Game note: While this is Viera’s first state semifinal in football, Columbia hasn’t been this far since 2003. The Tigers were state runners-up in 1964 and 1997, winning a Class A state championship in 1967.

Blanch turns lost season to big role

Viera coach Kevin Mays on Columbia: “They are our mirror image. Their quarterback (junior Davin Schuck) has thrown for 3,500 yards, and they have three or four play-makers. There will be a bunch of guys on the field on both teams that could score at any point. Defensively, they’ve given up points, and we’ve given up points.”

Directions: Take the Beachline (FL-528) west to the Florida Turnpike at exit 4, and then head north. At the end of the Turnpike, merge onto I-75 north. Travel 86 miles to exit 414, for US 41 north, and turn right (north). In 10.7 miles, the school will be on your right.

Winner gets: A spot in the Class 7A state championship, Dec. 11 at Orlando’s Citrus Bowl against the winner of the Braden River-St. Thomas Aquinas game.

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