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The Chiefland Area Athletic Association's Senior Indians football team ran into more than it could handle in the semifinals of the Memorial Bowl in Lake City.
The local group of 10-12 year olds suffered their first loss of the season, falling to the Madison Bulldogs, 24-0.
The Senior Indians finish the season with a record of 8-1.
"We were outmanned," said Chiefland coach Dave Weatherford. "They were very quick and pretty big. They had seven 13-year-olds. We fumbled the ball away three times."
The finals of the Memorial Bowl are this Saturday.
Football is truly a sport of all seasons in North Central Florida.
It begins in the stifling heat and humidity of summer.
Fall is short and sweet.
And then there's winter weather like last Friday night, when the temperature dropped below freezing in many locales.
The FHSAA football playoffs got under way with several area teams taking to the frigid gridirons.
It was a long trip to Port St. Joe for the Trenton Tigers. The ride back had to be even longer following a 35-6 setback. Trenton finishes the season at 6-5.
Port St. Joe advances to a regional semifinal against Mayo, which edged Jay, 14-13. The Hornets will take a 10-1 record into the Port St. Joe game.
Both Class 2B District 4 teams won their region quarterfinals. It results in a rematch between Newberry and Trinity Catholic in the semis.
Newberry improved to 11-0 with a 46-28 victory over Jacksonville-Trinity Christian. Antwan Ivey topped the 200-yard mark and scored three touchdowns.
Trinity Catholic defeated Jacksonville-Episcopal, 17-7, to improve to 7-4.
Trinity Catholic travels back to Newberry this Friday night. In October, Newberry edged Trinity Catholic in double overtime. The rematch should also be a humdinger. Hopefully, the weather will be a bit warmer.
Williston went down fighting in a 3A region quarterfinal, falling 53-49 at Crystal River. Crystal River quarterback Shay Newcomer passed for an incredible 572 yards.
Fort White (5-6) defeated Pensacola Catholic by that same 53-49 score to advance in 2A. The Indians now travel to 10-1 Madison County.
Bell High finished up its best season ever at 9-2 with a 14-10 victory over Monticello-Aucilla Christian in the Bell Bowl.
Paul Clark was key with a breakup of a pass deep in Bulldog territory late in the game.
Mitchell Cannon had a touchdown reception for the Bulldogs. Lee Carlisle rushed for the other TD. Carlisle was a workhorse with 167 yards on 27 carries.
A correction ... my bad on the Chiefland High placekicker's name in the Nov. 15 edition. We had Derek Schmidt. Derek is a former FSU kicker who is with the Levy County Sheriff's Office. He has coached son Garrett this year. Garrett is the one who handled kickoff and extra point chores for the Indians this year. Sorry about the confusion.
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