VENICE – Playing varsity football is something that isn’t that easy to achieve, but for Venice quarterback Bryce Carpenter he’s already in his third season as the starter as a junior.
After totaling 10 touchdowns (5 passing, 5 rushing) and four interceptions as a freshman, the 6’1″, 200-pounder followed that up with a stellar sophomore campaign totaling 31 touchdowns (19 passing, 12 rushing) and nine interceptions.
Through six games so far this season, Carpenter has 12 touchdowns (8 passing, four rushing) and two interceptions as the Indians own a 6-0 record. He has 4,998 total yards and 53 scores in 28 high school games.
It’s clear Carpenter is a true leader for this team and that has come with so much time on the field.
“It gives me a lot of confidence going out there,” Carpenter told Prep Sports Scouting. “Most quarterbacks haven’t played that much, so I just got a lot of game experience. It’s hard to replicate that.”
Looking back to his start on the varsity team, he said his game has a changed a lot since then.
“My freshman year, I managed games, made plays and really tried to not turn the ball over,” Carpenter said. “Now, I feel like I’m making a lot of plays and pushing the ball down the field.”
Venice went 11-2 in his first season before losing to powerhouse Armwood in the Class 6A region semifinal. Last season, the Indians went 10-2 and lost to Braden River in the same round in 7A. Carpenter was under center for both playoff runs, so that gives him, even more experience.
“We want to win those games, but I think it has given me, my high school and our program a lot of motivation in the off-season to get back there and beyond that point,” he said.
The Indians are outscoring their opponents 303-72 this season while shutting out two opponents in North Port and Coral Reef. Carpenter sees a difference in this year’s team compared to the past two seasons. In 2014, Venice won its first 10 games while a year ago it won its first six to open the season.
“During our off-season program, the coaches and the players decided we can’t lose in the second round anymore, something has to change,” he said. “We changed that. We changed our offense, we are going with a more up-tempo style offense. Our defense, they are really emphasizing swarm to the ball.
Starting his football life in the first grade, Carpenter lined up as a running back in his first season in Pop Warner. Since then, he’s been a quarterback.
He said he discovered that he could take football pretty far during his freshman season under center.
“Being a freshman starting at a pretty big high school, I kind of realized that I have four years of high school, I could probably work really hard and play in college,” Carpenter said. “I saw guys around go off to college and thought I could do this at the next level.”
Carpenter is fortunate to play for one of the brightest minds in the state of Florida in head coach John Peacock. Since taking over the Venice sideline in 2007, the 10th-year coach has led the Indians to a winning record every year, posting a 92-23 record.
“It’s unbelievable playing for a coach that has had so much success,” Carpenter said. “Every season, he’s had is a winning season and they’ve been a competitive team. It’s an honor to play for a coach like him.”
Pointing out his biggest strengths, Carpenter pointed to his ability to be a dual-threat guy.
“I can throw with the best of them and run with the best of them.”
As for something he’s aiming to improve that is stepping up in the pocket more and delivering the ball rather than relying on his scrambling ability.
Carpenter holds two offers from Eastern Kentucky and Jacksonville State.
He also has drawn interest from Cincinnati, Toledo, Temple, Coastal Carolina, FAU, FIU, USF and Georgia Southern.
Coastal Carolina is a school that he says talks to him daily. In terms of Carpenter’s planned visits that will come after the season as he assesses the programs that are most interested in him.
Carpenter says his dad, a former high school football in Pennsylvania as his biggest role model.
“He taught me the game from everything that I know,” Carpenter said. “I’d say not just football but in life, he’s taught me how to be a man and a lot of life lessons.”
Playing football as long as he can whether that means college and beyond at the next level is Carpenter’s main goal. He plans to major in business to have a degree at his disposal if the NFL doesn’t pan out.
There aren’t many players like Bryce Carpenter in the country. He gets to showcase his true abilities at a large and successful program. His arm is strong and his legs help him extend plays more often than not.
Carpenter has been there time and time again. If Venice can make a deeper run in the playoffs this season that will only boost his stock. Expect the offers to come in bunches for the 2018 prospect. He has an all-around game.
Favorite player to watch – Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees
Playlist before games – Kodak Black, Lil Uzi Vert, Future and Young Thug
Favorite movies – The Longest Yard
Favorite TV shows – Blue Mountain State
Fun fact about you that you think no one knows – “I’m pretty good at Madden. When we put it on, I get pretty serious. I roll with the Green Bay Packers.”
Nickname(s) from teammates or friends – “B”, 12″
Game film: Carpenter’s Hudl tape
Photo credit: Herald Tribune
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