Chiefland coach sees silver lining in preseason setback

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By Greg Allard

 Despite a 31-7 loss at the hands of Suwannee County last Friday night, Chiefland Head Football Coach Ajay Ulmer saw some positive things in his football team.

 “The goal was to give ourselves a good test against a bigger school,” Ulmer said.  “Although I was a little disappointed with the results, we wanted to give ourselves a good test in a preseason game, and I think we learned some things about what we’re capable of.”

Although, 31-7 sounds like a blowout, the score was actually only 14-7 mid-way through the fourth quarter before lack of manpower and exhaustion contributed to get the best of the Indians.  “They dressed 54 kids, we dressed 24,” Ulmer said.

 Considering that Suwannee (Division 2a) plays two divisions above Chiefland (Division 1a), staying in the game as long as they did was encouraging.

Running backs Jamantye Thompson and Jakarr White anchored a good ground attack for the Indians, rushing for 86 yards and 60 yards respectively.  White scored Chiefland’s lone touchdown on a 1-yard plunge on the team’s first series of the 2nd quarter.

 After practice on Monday, Coach Ulmer was upbeat and looking forward to their regular season opener against Hawthorne Friday night.  “We came out flat to start the game (vs. Suwanne) but despite that we showed that we can compete with a good football team,” Ulmer said.  “We made a few mental mistakes that we can’t afford to make again.  We addressed that today and we are going to get those things fixed for Hawthorne”