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Today's Sports

  • Football springs into action

    The Chiefland Indians football team held its first official spring practice Monday at C. Doyle McCall Field. The Indians, led by first-year CMHS head man Adam Gore, play at Wildwood on May 19 at 7 p.m. for their spring game.

  • 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.”

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.