Behind Venables’ 7 touchdowns, Lions dominate Eastside

By Bru Nimmons
Staff Reporter

CENTRAL — Two weeks after their first loss of the season, the Daniel Lions felt as if they had something to prove in the first round of the Class 4A state playoffs last Friday.

The Lions did just that, as they thrashed the Eastside Eagles 49-20 behind a dynamic seven-touchdown day by junior quarterback Tyler Venables to advance to the second round for the first time since 2013.

“It feels great,” third-year Daniel coach Jeff Fruster said of his first playoff win. “These kids have worked hard all year, and they’re finally starting to come into their own. They’ve put a little pride back in the program, so they deserve all the credit.

“I have a great staff pushing this team, trying to get them to realize that

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