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Football: Venice is ready to regain its winning ways

Angelo Gasca has had just one losing season in 16 years at Venice _ 2014. There were injuries and he used 10 sophomores last season.

The Gondoliers have a new quarterback in Alex De La Cruz, an A student, a veteran offensive line and some experience on defense, which means they're going to be improved in the Western League.

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"Everything is going well," said Gasca, whose team scrimmages Cathedral on Thursday. "I'm really happy with the whole team."

The best player is offensive lineman Enrique Luna, a 6-foot-1, 320-pound senior. There's also receiver-defensive back Sky Germaine and receiver Pierce McLurkin.

Venice still has a tough nonleague schedule with games against Oaks Christian, Upland, Garfield and Newbury Park, but Gasca has more than a half-dozen players considered A students, and that kind of academic success should also translate on the sports field with their strong practice work ethic.

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