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  • Firing on all cylinders

    When junior Kirk Williams took a bubble pass 74 yards for a touchdown on the game’s opening play, it was a harbinger of what was to come on Chiefland’s senior night.

    The Indians scored on six plays of 20 or more yards against Bronson, guaranteeing a memorable night for the seniors as CMHS prevailed 62-23.

    Chiefland evened its record back up to 4-4, while the Eagles, who offered a few fireworks of their own on offense, fell to 0-7.

    Sophomore quarterback Ty Corbin three for a trio of scores and ran for two more. In just one half of work, he completed four of his five passes – all of which for at least 20 yards – for 156 yards. Senior Brian Norris rushed for two TDs as he eclipsed the century mark in the first half with 104 yards on 12 rushes.

    In addition to Williams’ touchdown catch, sophomore Jalen Rutledge (20-yard TD), Payne Parnell (24-yard TD) and Norris (28-yard catch) hauled in long receptions from Corbin, as Chiefland unveiled its most complete version of its offense yet, and put an emphasis on speeding up its tempo.

  • Beck wins tiebreaker in Ladies...

    The 40th Annual Rye Grass Invitational Tournament held its ladies round Oct. 13 and Oct. 14, and added a Ladies Scramble for the first time in its history on the morning of the opening day (Oct. 12) at the Chiefland Golf and Country Club.

    Eighteen ladies participated and competed well in the first-time scramble. The lowest grossing team turned in a four-over-par 76, while the lowest net group fired a 67.

    The ladies division played its first round of the tournament the next day, with similarly competitive results, as they battled the humidity and gusty winds.

    Betty Beck and Terry Harris each shot a two-day low of 142, with Beck claiming the win on a tiebreaker; the decisive hole was Beck’s par on No. 17.

    Donna Schaffer narrowly trailed the pair with a 143 to finish third.
     

  • Big plays doom Indians in...

    The Chiefland football team found itself in a 7-on-7 type of match against Hawthorne, and it didn’t go well.

    The Hornets struck on a pair of early touchdowns for at least 50 yards apiece, setting the tone for an offensive onslaught that found them leading by 34 by halftime.

    Hawthorne (5-1) went on to capture a 44-7 win, putting a damper on CMHS’ homecoming, and likely knocking the Indians from playoff contention.

    The Indians fell to 3-4. All four of their losses are to teams headed for the playoffs.

    Hawthorne’s only loss was in overtime against Union County (Lake Butler). UCHS is currently the favorite to take the fourth playoff spot in Region 1A-3. Top-ranked Madison County, Dixie County and Lafayette (Mayo) remain undefeated and are virtually guaranteed the other three playoff berths in Chiefland’s region. The Hornets are in Regional 1A-4 with Williston and Bronson.

    The Indians next play host to Bronson (0-6) Friday Oct. 20 for senior night. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m.

  • Lady Indians take down Bronson...

    For the first three sets of their District 1A-7 quarterfinal volleyball match, Chiefland and Bronson were about as closely-matched as two teams can be.

    Then the floodgates opened up for the Lady Indians’ offense, as No. 4 seed CMHS cruised to a 25-14 win in the fourth set against the fifth-seeded Lady Eagles in clinching a 3-1 win in Branford Oct. 16.

    The win advanced Chiefland to the district semifinal round Tuesday, where they faced Williston. At stake in that meeting were a fourth-straight playoff berth and an invitation to the district championship match Thursday Oct. 19. The match was played after the Citizen’s production deadline.

    (Update: Williston won in straight sets 26-24, 25-20, 25-18, versus Chiefland in the semifinals to advance to the district title match; it played Trenton Thursday Oct. 19.)

    Bronson won the first set 25-17 behind its power game, but Chiefland led with its defense in the ensuing pair of games to take a 2-1 lead off back-to-back 26-24 wins.

  • Jones, CMHS girls pick up...

    A pair of Chiefland girls finished in the top three to help lift the Lady Indians to a cross country win Oct. 5 at the 34th Annual Cedar Key Invitational Cross Country Race.

    CMHS eighth-grader Lauren Jones led the crowd in the 5K, while fellow eighth-grader Banner Hodge took third.

    A rainstorm at the end of the event prevented accurate times from being recorded.

    The Lady Indians defeated 11 schools at the Invitational, which is supposed to be the final one worked by longtime Cedar Key School track coach Brad Penney, who is retiring after the school year.

    Chiefland sophomores Jaycie Anderson and Luke Stockman captured top-ten finishes for the CMHS girls’ and boys’ squads, respectively. Dylan Cochran finished 11th among the varsity boys for the Indians, while CMHS eighth-grader Donovan Simoga placed at No. 16.

    Also for Chiefland, sixth-grader Lily Macarthur and freshman Eleanor Frields finished in the top half of the field of more than 50 varsity girls, as did Indians sophomore Jonathan Cannon on the boys’ side.

  • Bad house guest

    The 240-mile round trip to Hilliard Oct. 7 might have been the longest road trek of the season for the Chiefland football team.

    But the Indians looked like they were right at home as they assembled their most dominating effort to prevail 33-0 over the Red Flashes (2-4), evening their record to 3-3 heading into homecoming week.

    CMHS took control early in all three major phases — offense, defense and special teams.

    The Indian defense took up camp in the Red Flashes’ offensive backfield, recording five tackles for losses on Hilliard’s first five plays from scrimmage.

    “Three-and-outs are the goal,” senior defensive tackle Dalton Tiner said of the team’s recent dominance on defense, which has led to back-to-back shutouts. “Once everybody gets it in their head, it’s just a steady flow.”

  • Hornets flying in for CMHS...

    After collecting back-to-back road wins to even its record, Chiefland returns to Wayne Pridgeon Stadium for homecoming this Friday, Oct. 13.

    The significance of the opponent likely won’t get lost in the festivities, however. Hawthorne, the Indians’ homecoming opponent, handed Chiefland a bitter loss last year, with players on both sides facing ejections for a scuffle during the game between teams.

    The Hornets, headed by former Florida Gator football and basketball standout Cornelius Ingram, jumped out to a 4-0 start this season before suffering their first loss to Union County (Lake Butler) last week in a 31-25 overtime clash.

    The Hornet offense, led by junior Kahleil Jackson, is a balanced attack, and the defense has recorded 35 tackles for losses.

    CMHS coach says Hawthorne’s success is bolstered by the improved strength of its offensive and defensive lines.

  • Lady Indian netters push...

    A determined Chiefland volleyball squad didn’t get the result it wanted on senior night Oct. 9 against Newberry, but it gave its seniors – Sydney Allen, Erika Gilliam, Naja Martin and Karlie Meeks – a worthy tribute while proving its potential to make noise in the district tournament.

    The Lady Indians battled the talented Lady Panthers through four closely-fought sets as NHS survived 25-21, 25-21, 21-25, 25-20 to prevail 3-1.

    Newberry, now in Class 5A, split a pair of district championship matches with Chiefland in 2015 and 2016, and advanced to the 1A state title match last season.

    Adding fuel to the rivalry and senior night, the Lady Indians were also facing off against former teammate and college prospect Madison Baynard.

    After falling behind 23-16 in the first set, CMHS narrowed the deficit to 24-21 to make for a more dramatic finish. In the second set, the teams were knotted at 17-17, before a 3-0 Newberry run gave it just enough cushion to survive.

  • Tigers run past Eagles

    A young Bronson football team took its lumps against a veteran Trenton squad last Friday, as the Tigers rolled with eight rushing touchdowns for a 74-8 win.

    Moments after Bronson quarterback Christian Kidd went out with an injury, Trenton senior Eric Henry lifted the Tigers to a 21-0 lead on a scoop-and-score with 4:35 remaining in the opening quarter.

    The Eagles’ fortunes improved some on the ensuing drive, thanks to a couple of Trenton penalties, as BMHS moved into Trenton territory. But after the Eagles were stopped at the 35, Trenton reeled off four rushing TDs on its next four possessions, before a Tyrique Baber pick six put TMHS ahead 54-0 by the break.

    Baber and senior fullback Randy Fuller had a pair of rushing scores apiece for the Tigers.

    Despite the struggles, Bronson showed its team attitude has matured, as it maintained its effort to hit a couple of big plays late in the game. Near the end of the third quarter, Cole Langston took an end-around 27 yards, setting up a 32-yard score by Kidd, who raced to the corner. Kidd then converted the two-point conversion.

  • Chiefland football gets shutout...

    The Chiefland football team was far from perfect on its first road trip of the regular season.

    But its game on Sept. 26 – a 10-0 shutout at Hamilton County in Jasper – was exactly what the Indians needed just five days following their lopsided loss to Dixie County.

    The team needed to wipe the bad taste from its mouth from back-to-back losses and get on some more positive footing to start the second half of the season.

    Most importantly, the young CMHS squad needed to play, to get the experience, and do so in a setting where every mistake isn’t a deal-breaker for victory.

    “It felt good, after the slate we had played, to come and get a win,” CMHS coach Adam Gore said. “It could have been by 40 points or by one point and it would have felt good at this point. We need something positive to really help the guys out.”

    With a short week to prepare, and down a couple of starters on defense, the Indians made it simple and leaned on a superior defensive performance by Nick Brown’s unit, holding the Trojans to 158 yards, including just 59 on the ground on 20 carries.