Indians destroy Union in home finale

-A A +A
By Claude Lewis

The crowd wasn't the greatest, but those faithful fans who did show up for last Friday night's final home game of the season at C. Doyle McCall Field at Wayne Pridgeon Stadium were treated to a blast from the past as well as a peek into the future.

Chiefland clicked on all cylinders in a 43-11 destruction of Union County in Class 2B District 4 play.

The Indians improved to 4-5 overall and 2-2 in district play. Union fell to 3-6 and 1-3.

Chiefland finished in a second place district tie with Trinity Catholic, but since the Celtics defeated the Indians, the Ocala team will be heading to the regional playoffs as district runnerup.

Chiefland must be content with winning its final game of the season this Friday night at Trenton.

The blast from the past encompassed how strong the Indians looked against the Tigers. It's been a while since Chiefland has blown out anyone at home.

A peek into the future revealed how the program is on the rebound again under new coach Ajay Ulmer after futility in recent years.

Hopefully, these kind of games will become a common occurance again.

Chiefland, which won only one game in 2006, got the job done on both offense and defense Friday night.

The running attack clicked with Michael Durr busting out for 177 yards and a touchdown and Stephen Davis going for 84 yards and two touchdowns.

One of Davis' TDs came on defense, as he returned an interception for six points.

Quarterback Dan Galpin had perhaps his best game of the season, as he completed 10 of 14 passes for 138 yards.

His favorite target on the waggle and buck plays was fullback Tommy Sheffield, who had six receptions for 82 yards.

Davis and Sheffield are underclassmen who will be counted on heavily next year. Both have had outstanding junior campaigns.

Union County came out of the gate fast against Chiefland, but the Indians took the lead for good early in the second quarter and built a 28-11 advantage by halftime.

The second half was all Chiefland, as it put the finishing touches on the masterpiece.

Union took the opening kickoff and drove for a field goal to go up 3-0.

Galpin was intercepted on Chiefland's first possession, but Davis more than made up for it with his own pick moments later.

Union faced a second and 16 from its own 37 when quarterback Chris Alexander tried to complete a screen pass on the right flat. Linebacker Davis leaped high for the ball, the raced 35 yards untouched to the end zone. Galpin passed to Reggie McClendon for the two-point conversion to make it 8-3.

The Tigers got a lift from Jordan Clyatt on the ensuing kickoff. He took a pooch kick all the way back to the Indian 14-yard line. Five plays later, Justin Hanson took the ball into the end zone from two yards out. Hanson added the comversion run, and it was 11-8 Union with 1:19 left in the first quarter.

Chiefland marched 65 yards on nine plays to take the lead for good. Galpin hooked up with Sheffield on two pass plays good for 27 yards. Davis popped a 28-yard gainer. Sheffield scored the TD on a two-yard run. Davis ran the conversion to make it 16-11.

Union then drove into Indian territory, but Travis Donald recovered a fumble at the 17.

Once again, the Chiefland offensive line socked it to the Tigers. Sheffield picked up 24 yards on a pass from Galpin. Davis went for 19 and Durr for 14. All of a sudden, the Indians were knocking on the door again. Davis scored on a run from five yards out to make it 22-11.

A bad snap on an attempted punt cost Union on its next possession. Chiefland took over at the 10. A holding call temporarily set the Indians back, but Galpin found Donlad from 21 yards out for the Indians fourth and final TD of the first half with 19 seconds remaining.

Chiefland took the second half kickoff and moved 76 yards to paydirt in 10 plays. Galpin had big gainers to Sheffield, Donald and McClendon. On a second and one from the 22, Sheffield rumbled to the 1. Galpin snuck it in, Durr ran the conversion, and it was 36-11 halfway through the third quarter.

Durr broke a 77 yard TD run late in the third quarter, but it was called back to the Tiger 23 because an illegal block. It still set up a TD, as Deonte Davis went in from a yard out on the second play of the fourth quarter.

Chiefland honored its 14 seniors before the game. Their services will surely be missed.

They have one more game to hoot and holler. They surely would love to defeat their rivals in their career finales.