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CHS vs Trenton will be electric

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Undefeated Indians hope to snap three-game skid against rival

By Mike Capshaw

Special to the Citzen

The moment of truth has finally arrived for unbeaten Chiefland.

The Indians will make the 11-mile drive to take on their rival and nemesis Trenton at 7:30 p.m. on Friday. Tailgating will begin hours before kickoff and fans from both communities will fill the stands and line the fence to see the showdown.

“Everyone will be fired up,” said CHS second-year coach Aaron Richardson. “It will be electric.”

Despite the high-energy atmosphere, the game has zero bearing on either team’s district standings. Chiefland is 5-0 overall and 1-0 in 1A District 7 play while Trenton is 3-1 and 2-0 to lead the 1A-6 standings. 

“I told (players) that whether we win this game by 40 (points) or lose this game by 40 it does not impact our season,” Richardson said. “It doesn’t put us in the driver’s seat or take us out of the driver’s seat as far as the district race.”

The Tigers have won the past three games in the series, but the Indians appear to be in a position to end the streak. They’re off to their best start in more than a decade and field arguably their best team since the 1997 state championship squad.

“What this game is about is a local rivalry that’s all about bragging rights,î Richardson said. ìI told them, ëGuys donít feel any pressure because Iím sure itís going to be electric over there. Enjoy the atmosphere, enjoy the experience and just go play.í So, I think theyíre just kind of taking that approach. At the same time, with that rivalry, our preparation needs to be a little more like it would be for a district game as far as the focus and intensity.

ìYou donít want to lose to your neighbor. Itís important to our kids in that aspect and itís a big game against a quality opponent thatís had our number the last few years.î

It kicks off a four-game gauntlet for the Indians against some of the top small school teams in North Central Florida. After Trenton, they return to district play with games against Williston, Union County and Dixie County. Those four teams are a combined 16-4. Dixie (4-0, 2-0) posted a 30-12 win against Union County (5-1, 0-1) and a 38-32 come-from-behind win at Williston (4-2, 0-2) on Sept. 20. Newberry (4-2, 1-1) edged Williston 31-29 last Friday.

ìWe canít control our draw and when I saw it come out last year I was like, ëHold your horses boys, thatís going to be a tough run,íî Richardson said.

Chieflandís defense has been smothering, allowing just three touchdowns in five games with two of those coming in a 26-14 win against Hamilton County on Sept. 13. The Indians have outscored opponents 187-21. Linebackers Billy Hammond and Thurman Bailey have benefitted from a physical defensive front to lead CHS with 46 and 38 tackles, respectively. Senior end Payton Parnellís five sacks are the most in the district while GG McClendonís four interceptions and Shaquille Pattersonís three interceptions are among the best in the area.

Trenton has won two straight games after losing 17-6 against Dixie County, a team Richardson says is ìa different animalî this season. It was the Tigersí first loss since falling 42-21 in last seasonís state championship game and their first regular season loss since 2010. 

Despite the setback against Dixie County, Trenton is just as strong as usual, outscoring opponents 171-37.

ìUp front they are real good, bringing back pretty much everything they had from a state finals team last year,î Richardson said. ì(Theyíre) real disciplined, execute on both sides of the ball really well and theyíre really well coached. Theyíre not going to give you anything. Thereís not going to be breakdowns or mismatches that they give to you. 

ìYouíve just got to line up and outplay them and thatís hard to do.î

The Tigers are led by senior quarterback Stephen Smith, who is 11 of 22 passing for 196 yards and three touchdowns. Heís also averaging 10.2 yards per carry with 214 yards and a pair of touchdowns in 21 rushing attempts. Trenton has a stable of running backs with senior fullback Melvin Adams (5-foot-10, 190 pounds) heading up a balanced attack with 29 carries for 156 yards and a touchdown. 

ìWe are really similar offensively,î Richardson said. ìThey line up in a Wing-T and we line up in a Wing-T, but they are more option based and we are more traditional downhill running.î

Patterson pilots Chieflandís Wing-T and seven of his 11 completions have been for touchdowns, including four to Deshawn Roland. Junior Alphonso Timmons leads the district with 659 yards and six touchdowns on 77 carries while Roland has rushed 510 yards and three touchdowns on 43 carries. 

Roland is a home run threat anytime he touches the ball. He has a combined 684 yards rushing and receiving and is averaging 13.4 yards per touch. 

ìBoth teams want to control the line of scrimmage so the big fight is going to be in the trenches,î Richardson said. ìAs far as what we want to do: control the line of scrimmage, take away the big play defensively and capitalize on the big play on offense. 

ìWhoever does that the best is going to win the football game.î

 

EXTRA POINT

Chiefland will be without the services of talented senior James Corbin for the remainder of the season as the running back/defensive back is scheduled for knee surgery. 

 

 

 

to be electric over there. Enjoy the atmosphere, enjoy the experience and just go play.í So, I think theyíre just kind of taking that approach. At the same time, with that rivalry, our preparation needs to be a little more like it would be for a district game as far as the focus and intensity.

ìYou donít want to lose to your neighbor. Itís important to our kids in that aspect and itís a big game against a quality opponent thatís had our number the last few years.î

It kicks off a four-game gauntlet for the Indians against some of the top small school teams in North Central Florida. After Trenton, they return to district play with games against Williston, Union County and Dixie County. Those four teams are a combined 16-4. Dixie (4-0, 2-0) posted a 30-12 win against Union County (5-1, 0-1) and a 38-32 come-from-behind win at Williston (4-2, 0-2) on Sept. 20. Newberry (4-2, 1-1) edged Williston 31-29 last Friday.

ìWe canít control our draw and when I saw it come out last year I was like, ëHold your horses boys, thatís going to be a tough run,íî Richardson said.

Chieflandís defense has been smothering, allowing just three touchdowns in five games with two of those coming in a 26-14 win against Hamilton County on Sept. 13. The Indians have outscored opponents 187-21. Linebackers Billy Hammond and Thurman Bailey have benefitted from a physical defensive front to lead CHS with 46 and 38 tackles, respectively. Senior end Payton Parnellís five sacks are the most in the district while GG McClendonís four interceptions and Shaquille Pattersonís three interceptions are among the best in the area.

Trenton has won two straight games after losing 17-6 against Dixie County, a team Richardson says is ìa different animalî this season. It was the Tigersí first loss since falling 42-21 in last seasonís state championship game and their first regular season loss since 2010. 

Despite the setback against Dixie County, Trenton is just as strong as usual, outscoring opponents 171-37.

ìUp front they are real good, bringing back pretty much everything they had from a state finals team last year,î Richardson said. ì(Theyíre) real disciplined, execute on both sides of the ball really well and theyíre really well coached. Theyíre not going to give you anything. Thereís not going to be breakdowns or mismatches that they give to you. 

ìYouíve just got to line up and outplay them and thatís hard to do.î

The Tigers are led by senior quarterback Stephen Smith, who is 11 of 22 passing for 196 yards and three touchdowns. Heís also averaging 10.2 yards per carry with 214 yards and a pair of touchdowns in 21 rushing attempts. Trenton has a stable of running backs with senior fullback Melvin Adams (5-foot-10, 190 pounds) heading up a balanced attack with 29 carries for 156 yards and a touchdown. 

ìWe are really similar offensively,î Richardson said. ìThey line up in a Wing-T and we line up in a Wing-T, but they are more option based and we are more traditional downhill running.î

Patterson pilots Chieflandís Wing-T and seven of his 11 completions have been for touchdowns, including four to Deshawn Roland. Junior Alphonso Timmons leads the district with 659 yards and six touchdowns on 77 carries while Roland has rushed 510 yards and three touchdowns on 43 carries. 

Roland is a home run threat anytime he touches the ball. He has a combined 684 yards rushing and receiving and is averaging 13.4 yards per touch. 

ìBoth teams want to control the line of scrimmage so the big fight is going to be in the trenches,î Richardson said. ìAs far as what we want to do: control the line of scrimmage, take away the big play defensively and capitalize on the big play on offense. 

ìWhoever does that the best is going to win the football game.î

 

EXTRA POINT

Chiefland will be without the services of talented senior James Corbin for the remainder of the season as the running back/defensive back is scheduled for knee surgery.