Lafayette game moved to Thursday

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Hornets come to Chiefland Thursday for varsity football action at 7 p.m.

By Sean Arnold

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 has found success on big pass plays in both of its regular season games and in the preseason classic against Bell, but Gore has lamented his team’s youthful mistakes.

The Indians will once again be facing a team with more seniors and experience. Lafayette’s defense has 12 tackles for losses in two games.

“The kids have plenty of fight in them, but we’ve got a really good team coming in next Friday to play us,” Gore said. “They’ve got some athletes.”

Kickoff is at 7 p.m.