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Today's Sports

  • 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.

  • 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.”

  • 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.

  • 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.