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"State champs" has a nice ring to it, and the Venice Touchdown Club is still raising money to honor the Indians, who won their first state football championship in December, with rings of their own.
Darel Burns, president of the club, said the group has raised about $11,000, and the Venice High School Association has kicked in another $8,000. That leaves them about $13,000 short of the goal.
Burns said they have ordered more than 70 rings at a cost of $32,000.
Venice beat Palm Beach Gardens-Dwyer 77-14 on Dec. 15 to claim the Class 5A state championship in Gainesville.
Most of the money raised so far has come from the sale of "official" …