Today's Sports

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Chiefland overcomes miscues in...

    It took just two plays in the preseason classic at Bell for Chiefland to showcase its new offense in a big way.

    Sophomore quarterback Ty Corbin rolled right to find junior Hunter Barrand for a 47-yard completion, setting up a 35-yard touchdown run by USF commit Brian Norris Jr. on the Indians’ second offensive play of the game.

    The offense went on to churn up 201 yards in the first half.

    But CMHS got in the way of its own progress for much of the night, compiling 124 yards on 12 penalties, while coughing it over to Bell on three turnovers, including once inside the BHS 15-yard-line.

    Those miscues – and a sturdy rushing effort by Bell – helped keep the game close until the end, eventually leading to a 14-7 win over the Bulldogs at Boneyard Stadium in Bell after a final stop by the Indian defense.

    The mistakes were of the variety you might expect from a team introducing a large mix of first-time players, and playing on a wet turf no less. Bell fumbled the ball three times but lost just one, while CMHS lost three of its four fumbles.

  • Rivalry clash ushers in new...

    Chiefland head coach Adam Gore says his young team has to grow up in a hurry.

    Right out of the gate, the area’s most successful program of the last half a decade is coming to C. Doyle McCall Field this Friday for the season opener.

    The Indians are seeking their first win against the Tigers since 2009.

    There’s an air of optimism surrounding the Chiefland program as its turnout has nearly doubled to begin the Gore era. Trenton, which has reeled off six-straight district championships and Class 1A state titles in 2013 and 2015, presents an early major test for the Indians, who are attempting to fast-track the development of its promising but inexperienced talent.

    The narrowest margin of victory by Trenton during Chiefland’s recent winless streak in the rivalry is 12 points (2012).

    Games like this are the only way the team can ultimately grow, Gore says, but the team isn’t after so-called moral victories.

  • Lady Indian netters boast...

    At first glance, it looks like it should be a rebuilding year for the Chiefland varsity volleyball squad.

    The team lost six seniors to graduation, including leading hitter Takiya London and setter Lauren Parker, as well as underclassman Madison Baynard, an outgoing transfer who led the team in service aces last season.

    But the returning players back this year look improved on the court, and they’re embracing their new roles as team leaders.

    “We’re not quite as talented, but it’s a really, really good group,” CMHS coach Debra Weeks said at practice Monday. “We’ve got a couple of the kids that are already stepping up. Our seniors want to be the ones that lead the team.”

    It’s also evident this is an upbeat and close-knit group that is brimming with team camaraderie, eager to prove it can maintain the recent success of the program, which includes three straight state playoff berths and a state final four appearance.

  • CMHS football players put in...

    The Chiefland Middle High School football team kicked off football practice this week in style.

    The Indians celebrated the occasion with a Midnight Madness Monday morning, the first official day schools were allowed to hold practice in Florida.

    On Tuesday morning, football players put in community service hours at CMHS, helping landscape the grounds in front of the school.

    The players practiced under the lights Monday and spent the night at the school, later shooting hoops in the gym and playing video games in the new players’ lounge.

  • Activity fees to help fund...

    Levy County schools will have athletic trainers from the University of Florida on their campuses for practices and games starting this year, and activity fees and a percentage of gate revenue will fund the program.

    The district is implementing a $50 fee for students playing sports – including cheerleading – or participating in band, starting this month. The remainder of the funding will come from a portion of ticket revenue.

  • Getting to the next level

    The situation is lining up nicely for Brian Norris Jr.

    The Chiefland senior is reunited with a group of seniors and a head coach that went undefeated in junior varsity ball his freshman year, and he’s looking for another special season to go out on before hopefully moving on to play at the college ranks.

  • Lady Indians collect All-State...

    The Chiefland softball team reached its fourth straight state finals game in May on the strength of a bevy of talented and accomplished Lady Indians.

  • Lady Indians’ historic...

    Some of the most accomplished student athletes to ever pass through Chiefland Middle High School, along with an outgoing coach that’s overseen unprecedented success for the Lady Indians, were honored last Thursday at the Chiefland softball program’s team banquet, held at Concord Baptist Church in Chiefland.