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Indians offer sneak peek of more mature, confident squa

The Chiefland football team was short on experience and long on promising young talent last season.

The roster was bursting with first-year varsity players – even first-year football players – and was acclimating to a new system under first-year head man Adam Gore and his staff.

The Indian team that took C. Doyle McCall Field May 18 for its spring game against Wildwood looked a year more mature – and confident.

Behind three touchdowns and a pair of picks by junior-to-be Jalen Rutledge, Chiefland owned the first and fourth quarters to snatch a 31-16 win.

The game felt more intense than your typical exhibition matchup. Wildwood was coming off a 9-0 regular season, looking to avenge a lopsided 2017 spring loss to Chiefland. The Indians, meanwhile, might enter the late summer and fall with their best playoff odds since last advancing in 2004.