Williston blanks Chiefland 48-0, holds on to Levy Cup

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Devils’ Welch, King torch Indians defense

By Steve Waters, Sports Editor

 From the start, Williston was in control, while the Indians could only see red.

Williston easily retained the Levy Cup for the second year in a row last Friday with a 48-0 blowout of county rival Chiefland.

The Red Devils (3-0) pounced early with a 23-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Dalton Edwards to running back Deonte Welch on their opening possession. The Indians followed with a 3-and-out that was stamped with quarterback Eugene Carter getting sacked on 3rd and 9.

The Red Devils regained possession, and running back DJ King quickly ran 48 yards for another score on the first play.

Very quickly, it turned into a long night for the Indians.

Chiefland coach Ajay Ulmer was left questioning both his team’s consistency and heart. 

“Football is a game of 90 percent heart and guts, and 10 percent talent,” he said. “All we brought was maybe the 10 percent tonight. It was pretty obvious that Williston came in here to win the game and play hard and do what they had to do to win. We didn’t do that.”

After a loss in Week 1 to Hawthorne and a 44-29 rout of Citrus in Week 2, Ulmer said his team had to find their rhythm.

“We’re like the Jekyll and Hyde of football right now,” he said.

Williston coach Derek Chipoletti was happy that his team came together. His praise was focused on the offensive line, which allowed for the big, decisive plays made by the backfield.

“We just came out and executed tonight,” Chipoletti said. “There weren’t as many flags on the field, like there’s been the past couple games. Our offensive line is starting to gel and come together, and that means a lot. We’re going to go as far as our offensive line will take us.”

With 1:04 remaining in the first quarter, after another stalled Chiefland drive, Williston’s Welch returned a punt 72 yards for yet another touchdown. The Red Devils piled a 21-0 lead onto the Indians with three quarters still left to play.

Welch added another score early in the third quarter, a 6-yard run that all but put the game away for Chiefland. Welch, who was averaging 172 yards a game and 6 TDs with only 17 carries in his first two games this season, was limited offensively, nursing a shoulder injury sustained last week against Dixie County.

That left the bulk of the work to junior King, who easily totaled 163 yards on only six carries and two touchdowns.

Defensive back Jawantis Collins picked off Carter midway through the second quarter for another score. Williston led 35-0 at the half.

One of the few bright spots for the Indians was senior Jakarr White, who ended the night with 13 carries for 49 yards.

“I thought he went out there and put it all out tonight under some difficult circumstances,” Ulmer said.

Jamantye Thompson also finished with 10 carries for 58 yards.

Both teams open district play this Friday. Williston faces Keystone Heights (2-1) and Ulmer’s Indians are at home against 0-3 Wildwood.

Ulmer said he now needs to find his team’s heart before Chiefland finds another victory.

“I had some kids who I thought quit on me out there tonight,” he said. “It’s very disappointing, but I’ll take the 11 who want to work, and they’re the ones I’m going to put on the field.”