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CMHS football players put in service

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By Sean Arnold

The Chiefland Middle High School football team kicked off football practice this week in style.

The Indians celebrated the occasion with a Midnight Madness Monday morning, the first official day schools were allowed to hold practice in Florida.

On Tuesday morning, football players put in community service hours at CMHS, helping landscape the grounds in front of the school.

The players practiced under the lights Monday and spent the night at the school, later shooting hoops in the gym and playing video games in the new players’ lounge.

First-year CMHS head coach Adam Gore said the turnout was consistent from the off-season.

“It went well, we still have a good turnout – around 45, 46 players,” Gore said. “We went into the gym, played a little basketball, and we’ve got a couple couches and some chairs where the old coach’s office used to be, with a big screen TV mounted on the wall. They hooked their Playstation up and played video games against each other.”

Players pulled weeds, raked and shoveled and dispersed barrels of pine straw around structures and bushes in front of the school on Tuesday. Some of the players operated a weedeater, leaf blower and edger.

The Indians have since returned to a more normal practice schedule.

Gore wants to see a faster tempo at practice. The players are also learning new play-calling terminology under the new systems.

“We’re learning to practice with a sense of urgency,” he said. “We really want to take advantage of our time out there and really get a lot accomplished. If you’re practice tempo is where it should be, you can fit three hours of practice in two hours.

“It’s a learning curve for our guys.”

Chiefland faces Bell in the Preseason Classic on Aug. 18, before opening at home against Trenton Aug. 25.