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  • Lady Indians’ late surge comes...

    The Chiefland volleyball team’s record doesn’t exactly reflect just how competitive the squad can be against some of its best opponents.

    The Lady Indians have shown themselves to be fast starters in early matches this season, but against Lafayette (Mayo) on Sept. 28, they proved their stamina has improved.

    Behind a run of service aces by senior Sydney Allen, CMHS rallied for a 25-22 win over the Lady Hornets in the third set, before falling in the fourth in a 3-1 loss in non-district action.

    Chiefland was coming off a 3-2 win over district foe Branford, which is vying for a No. 3 seed with CMHS. The Lady Indians dropped a non-district meeting Monday with Bell 3-0. Chiefland, which was 6-11 before its double-header against Trenton Tuesday, gets another crack at Bell (14-4) on Friday at home (JV tips off at 3:30 p.m.).

    The Lady Indians celebrate senior night against Newberry on Monday Oct. 9.

  • First-quarter shell shock

    Facing what could very well be the strongest team on its schedule, Chiefland could not afford excessive mistakes and a deep deficit.

    Unfortunately, for the Indians, their first quarter against the Bears was a perfect storm of everything that’s plagued the young team to date.

    CMHS turned it over four times in the opening quarter while DCHS reeled off five TDs on just 14 plays en route to a 42-7 win at C. Doyle McCall Field in Chiefland on Sept. 21.

    The Bears improved to 5-0, while Chiefland fell to 1-3.

    “Dixie County’s a great football team, a well-coached football team,” CMHS coach Adam Gore said, “and honestly that’s where we want to be. Hats off to them. They have great athletes too.

    “We come out and we weren’t concentrating on beating Dixie County. When you go through the motions and you have those turnovers, that’s the result.”

  • Running away with it

    The Chiefland boys’ and girls’ cross country squads battled the heat on their home turf in a 5K meet last Thursday, Sept. 21, for a couple of strong showings.

    The Lady Indians improved to 2-0 with a win behind Lauren Jones’ No. 1 overall finish for the girls. Jones, who qualified for the state championship as a seventh-grader last year, notched a time of 20:44.

    “I just try to stick to my pace and not get worn out at the start,” Jones said.

    Banner Hodge (No. 4, 25:39), Jaycie Anderson (No. 5, 25:57) and Jolie Anderson (No. 6, 25:58) finished in the top six with Jones to help life CMHS to the win, while Lily Macarthur (No. 13, 29:21), Tabitha Welch (No. 16, 30:06) and Eleanor Frields (No. 17, 30:41) also finished in the top 20 for the Lady Indians.

    “All of my girls are improving each meet,” said CMHS coach Lynda Aldrich, who also commended her boys’ efforts.

  • Dixie County football game moved...

    If all goes as planned, Chiefland will have a busy six days before its bye date next Friday.

    The Indians moved their home game against undefeated Dixie County from Friday to Thursday. If that game isn’t moved to Friday due to weather, they then will turn around and play a makeup game versus Hamilton County in Jasper the following Tuesday, Sept. 26.

    The Hamilton game was originally cancelled due to Hurricane Irma.

    Dixie County is one of the favorites from Region 1A-3 to make the playoffs, as its raced out to a 4-0 start, handing Union County and Trenton their only losses along the way. The Bears jumped ahead of the Tigers 27-14 by halftime, when a storm forced the game to end at that point.

    DCHS is led by first-year head man Eric Richeson, who takes over for longtime head coach Brent Wilkerson. Wilkerson built the program into one of the elite of Class 1A, with multiple state final four appearances. Richeson was an offensive coordinator under Wilkerson.

  • Hornet offense rolls, cashes in...

    Chiefland had just faced the best quarterback it will probably play all season, but Indians first-year head coach Adam Gore wasn’t letting himself and his young team off the hook.

    Mayo-Lafayette sophomore Jaxson Beach tossed for 219 yards and three scores on 13-of-16 passing to lead the Hornets past CMHS 41-17 in Chiefland last Thursday.

    The game was moved up a day as Hurricane Irma was poised to wreak havoc on most of Florida.

    “Take care of your family, take care of your loved ones, take care of your friends,” Gore told his team after the game.

    He hoped it would use some of the extra time off to contemplate the mistakes that are undermining the team’s efforts, like untimely penalties, turnovers and missed assignments.

    “Let this one hurt,” Gore said. “Think about it. Let it drive you to be better. Let it drive you to do the little things.

    “We’re so close, guys. We’re so close to being a really good football team. We’ve got to take the next step.”

  • Lady Indians split pair of...

    The Chiefland volleyball team split a pair of intra-county meetings last week, defeating Bronson 3-1 at home before falling 3-0 to Williston on the road.

    The Red Devils came on strong late again versus Chiefland to complete their regular season sweep over the Lady Indians, with set wins of 25-20, 25-12, 25-13 in the Sept. 7 match.

    Chiefland will hope to avenge its losses in the district tournament, where they could once again face the senior-laden WMHS squad.

    On Sept. 5, Chiefland and Bronson put on a thrilling back-and-forth pair of sets, as CMHS pulled out the 3-0 win, 25-15, 25-23, 25-23.

    The Lady Indians have proven to be stronger at the start of matches, but have often struggled in late sets. CMHS was knotted up with the Lady Eagles 23-23 in the final set, before Jada Bell capped the match with a powerful kill on the winning point.

    Chiefland improved to 2-3, while Bronson fell to 2-1 with its first loss.

    Bronson head coach Shanno Dukes says she’s seen improvement from her squad since the preseason. The Lady Eagles welcomed back senior captain Taeya Mayes from an injury.

  • Indians get first win before...

    Adam Gore picked up his first win as the head football coach of Chiefland last Friday against Branford, but he wasn’t in the mood to celebrate afterward.

    He just watched his Indians squander a big scoring opportunity and struggle with offensive execution, leaving them with one score to show for 189 yards of offense in the first half.

    It turns out that would be all the chances CMHS would get, as thunderstorms prevented the teams from playing a second half. But the effort was good enough to earn Chiefland an official 7-0 win, after the schools agreed not to re-schedule the remainder of the game.

    The points that CMHS will earn from the win will ultimately be determined by Branford’s final record. All games are weighted equally this season, as there are no longer districts in Class 1A. A points system is used to decide which four teams from each of four regions in the classification will make the playoffs, and at which seeding they will each be placed in.

    Chiefland improved to 1-1, while the Buccaneers are 0-2.

  • Lafayette game moved to Thursday

    Chiefland continues its season-opening homestand Thursday, Sept. 7, at Wayne Pridgeon Stadium against Lafayette (Mayo).

    The varsity game was moved up a day due to approaching Hurricane Irma. The JV game, previously scheduled for Thursday, is cancelled.

    The Hornets, who finished 8-3 in 2016, come in as winners of 11 of their last 14 games, after rolling to a 2-0 start with lopsided wins over Brookwood (Thomasville, Ga.) and Bronson.

    They present one of the more prolific and efficient passing attacks of the area’s 1A schools, led by quarterback Jaxson Beach. The sophomore has completed 21 of his 32 passes for 328 yards and four touchdowns against no interceptions. He’s added a team-high 276 rushig yards on 17 carries for an eye-popping 16.2 average.

    “They do a lot of RPO (run-pass option) stuff, and throw it around,” CMHS coach Adam Gore said. “(Beach) can run and sling it. He’s got a really nice arm. He’s the defensive coordinator’s son, so he grew up around football and understands how to run those RPOs and how to read a defense.”

  • Chiefland football welcomes Bucs

    Branford Buccaneers (0-1) at Chiefland Indians (0-1), Friday, Sept. 1, 7:30 p.m.

    This one wasn’t pretty last year.

    Branford was in town as Chiefland’s homecoming opponent, and the pair locked heads in a phone booth for four quarters only to look up at a 0-0 tie on the scoreboard at the end of regulation.

    Senior Lonnie Hinote punched in the winning score in overtime to lift the Indians to a 6-0 win.

    Friday marks the second of three straight home games in Chiefland to open the season.

    CMHS hopes to avoid such a defensive slugfest this year, as it’s found success with big passing plays this young season. Four turnovers helped put Chiefland in a 28-0 hole against Trenton in the opener, before it found a spark behind a couple of long passes to junior Kirk Williams and a trick play on fourth down that sprung quarterback Wyatt Hammond for a receiving touchdown.

    Branford is coming off a 48-8 season-opening loss to Seven Rivers Christian, a Class 2A offensive powerhouse from Lecanto that’s reeled off three consecutive eight-win seasons under Ray Greene.

  • Indians climb back for thrilling...

    The Chiefland football team faced a steep enough challenge for its opening week in taking on rival Trenton, a school that entered last Friday having defeated the Indians seven straight seasons by an average of 29 points.

    But then a flu bug devastated the program, even sidelining its head coach, during the week in the run-up to the game.

    After the game kicked off, the Indians found themselves mired in yet more adversity, as they turned it over four times in the first half on fumbles – including on fumbled snaps on three consecutive drives – to help the Tigers leap to a 28-0 lead.

    The game was teetering on the brink of becoming another lopsided Trenton win, the kind it’s enjoyed in five of the previous seven years, and every year since 2013, when Chiefland hung tight with the eventual state champions in a 17-14 loss.

    But then something happened.

    Junior quarterback Wyatt Hammond twice connected on long plays with fellow junior Kirk Williams, including on a 32-yard touchdown pass that saw Williams leaping at the goal line to haul in the score with 1:12 remaining in the opening half.