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By RYAN BUTLER
A 48-point scoring outburst or a shutout usually stands out as season highlights for teams talented enough to achieve them. Two games into the 2013 season, the Chiefland High School varsity football team has already accomplished both feats — twice.
For the second time, the Indians throttled an overmatched opponent 48-0, this time winning in the rain against Jacksonville’s Eagle’s View Academy. The win follows a 48-0 season opening victory at Taylor High School in Pierson on Sept. 1.
“I thought we played fast, especially early,” said head coach Aaron Richardson. “They played confident and looked good.”
Chiefland should face a tougher test in its next game, at home against Hamilton County on Friday, Sept. 13. The game against the Trojans, who are coming off a 14-0 loss to Dixie County, will be followed by a pivotal district game against the Newberry Panthers on Sept. 20.
“We had too many penalties, especially on defense, jumping offsides and some stuff we got to get cleaned up. Down the road you’re not going to beat better teams playing like this,” Richardson said. “We got stuff to work on and good film for some corrections we need to make and we”re going to grind and get ready for Hamilton County.”
Like in the game against Taylor, the score in the Eagle’s View game could have been much more one-sided.
The Indians scored 48 points despite running only nine total offensive plays. They never punted or turned the ball over.
The Indians scored two touchdowns on interception returns and four more offensive scores on plays longer than 70 yards. The Warriors defensively didn’t use a safety, allowing Chiefland’s faster halfbacks to dart around a stacked box for easy scores.
Chiefland also took advantage of the Warriors’ shot-gun based, spread offense, routinely pressuring quarterback Rhett Criswell and harassing the Eagle’s View backfield. When Criswell managed to complete a pass, the receivers were quickly wrapped up by the Indians swarming defense.
The Indians played aggressive from the opening whistle. Though the hard-nosed play helped keep the visitors from any serious scoring threats, Chiefland was called for five defensive offsides penalties and four personal fouls on border-line late hits, which Richardson said were mainly called as a means to protect EagleÅfs View receivers. The penalties, which allowed EagleÅfs View to prolong several drives, were one of the biggest reasons the game score didnÅft get more lopsided.
The mercy rule clock was running in the second quarter and Chiefland took a 41-0 lead into halftime. The Indians, using their backup players, held the ball the entire the fourth quarter. The team drove the length of the field, eventually eschewing an easy additional touchdown by taking a series of kneel downs at the goal line to let the clock expire.
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Alphonso Timmons took the first carry of the game 80 yards though a massive hole in the middle of the field, running untouched for the final 60 yards on the quick touchdown, which put his team up 7-0 at the 11:35 mark in the first quarter.
On the next position, CHS linebacker Thurman Bailey returned a pick from Criswell for a touchdown, but it was called back on a personal foul for roughing the quarterback and put the Spartans in great field position. But after a tipped pass several plays later, Shaquille Paterson took a Criswell pass over 80 yards for another long touchdown. The extra point attempt was snapped out of the reach of holder James Corbin, one of the few times the Indians didnÅft convert on a scoring opportunity.
The next time Chiefland got the ball, halfback Deshawn Rolland look a snap from under center and jetted to the outside corner of the field, darting around the corner of the SpartansÅf defense and racing 78 yards along the sideline for another touchdown.
G.G. McClendon, after casting the leading block in the two earlier touchdown, returned a long score of his own, taking an interception over 70 yards for another score. On the ensuing kickoff, Chiefland recovered a fumble. Following the turnover, Patterson completed a short pass to Brandon Stewart, who ran through the Warriors defense from about 20 yards out for ChieflandÅfs shortest touchdown of the game.
Halfback James Corbin also scored a long touchdown, running from over 70 yards out in the second quarter, again finding the corner and racing past the back half of the EVA defense. At the 6:07 mark of the second quarter, Chiefland had run five offensive plays and held a 34-0 lead.
Rolland continued to build the Chiefland lead in the third. A fake hand off in the back field confused the WarriorsÅf defense and allowed the speedster to sprint through the line for a 70-yard run and the Indians final score.