Friday Night Lights return to Chiefland

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By Jenna McKenna

Set your clocks for Indian time: Chiefland football hosts Ft. White in the spring game this Friday at 6 p.m. Head coach Ajay Ulmer says despite graduating plenty of talent, the Indians are loading up for a good spring contest.

“We're pretty thin as far as numbers – we'll dress about 37 guys and have a bunch of guys playing both ways,” he said.

“We've been doing a lot of conditioning, though, and we're probably in as good a shape as we've been in since I've been here.”

Conditioning is key too, Ulmer said, because of the game's early start time.

“We're playing at 6 o'clock, and it's gonna be hot.”

Ulmer isn't giving his team a lot in terms of scouting Ft. White, saying the most important thing is for them to get in there and play their game. That said, he's been keeping tabs on the red Indians.

“They graduated some linemen and their starting tailback, but their quarterback is returning,” he said.

“Also, their best receiver, Alexis Blake, is coming back, although I've been told he won't be in the spring game. You can't be 100 percent sure what they'll look like, and spring is like that – you get a lot of surprises, coaches trying new things. We've just got to go out and do what we do.”

The blue Indians are ready to do just that, Ulmer said. The two top quarterbacks, Brent Slaughter and Eugene (Peewee) Carter are looking very good in practice. Joining the QB corps is Deric Allen, up from JV, and Ulmer says Allen is taking about 30 percent of reps in practice. Due to a one-game suspension from baseball season, Slaughter will miss the spring game and Carter and Allen will share duties in the spring game.

“Right now, Peewee is the starting quarterback, though once we get into camp, Brent will have to beat him out,” Ulmer said.

“What's great about both of them is they can both play other positions, however, I'm thinking of using a two-quarterback system in the fall. I'd be a fool not to let both of them play.”

Other players stepping up in the spring campaign include lineman Kendon Wasson, who is having a great spring. He'll start on the defensive line and probably offensive line as well.

“He's doing a really good job and playing hard,” Ulmer said.

Also playing well are running backs Jamantye Thompson and Jakarr White, and Donnell Sanders, moved to the fullback spot, “looks really good there.” Bo Beauchamp has been impressing coaches at defensive end and tight end, and guards Cason Nessmith and Parrish Parnell are playing well enough on the O-line to start both ways.

So that fans can fuel up for the game, the Quarterback Club still has tickets available for the barbecue luncheon, to be held Friday at noon at First Baptist Church. Call Becky Tyson at Chiefland High School for more information, 493-6000.