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Ft. White comeback downs Red Devils 23-14

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By Steve Jarboe

Last Friday night the Williston Red Devil football team played host to the Ft. White Indians at Booster Stadium.
The game between the two teams took on a tale of two halves aspect as the Red Devils dominated the first half on both offense and defense.
The Red Devils offense scored two touchdowns while the defense forced two turnovers on downs, one fumble recovery and one interception.
The Red Devils took a quick 7-0 lead in the first quarter as David Heinkel hit Damien Strange with a 35-yard pass for the touchdown. The field position was set up by a 30 yard run by Stephen Cochlin on the play before.
The Ft. White offense continued to be stopped time and time again by a determined Red Devil defense.
Red Devil Keith Neal picked up an Indian fumble as the second quarter was under way.
The Red Devil offense began a nine-play drive down to the Indians 1- yard line.
A quick pitch to Strange netted a run untouched into the end zone for the second Red Devil score of the first half.
Jorge Deciderio, who returned to action following a ankle injury, booted his second PAT as the Red Devils took a 14-0 lead.
The Indians began a drive down to the Red Devil 8-yard line.
With a first and goal, the Indians could not break through a determined Red Devil defense and had to settle for a 16-yard field goal.
With the score standing at 14-3 the Red Devils were forced to punt with just over one minute remaining in the first half.
The Indians seemed to be picking up their game as they drove across mid- field and down to the Red Devil 30-yard line.
With just over 10 seconds remaining Strange intercepted the pass and the Red Devils’ defense had stopped the Indians again.
The Indians out-scored the Red Devils 20-0 in the second half as the Red Devil defense sputtered starting the second half.
Ft. White took the second half kickoff and went on an 11-play drive for a touchdown. The PAT failed for the Indians and the score was now 14-9.
The Red Devil offense took the kickoff and started their own drive down to the Indians 34-yard line,  where they punted the football. The Indians took over at their own 8-yard line as the third quarter ended.
As the fourth quarter got under way, the Indians scored the go-ahead touchdown on the first play of the fourth and final quarter. With the good PAT the Indians took the lead 16-14 with 11:48 on the clock.
The Red Devils were forced to punt following a three and out series. Following a 53-yard punt by Heinkel, the Indians took the ball and drove down the field and found the end zone for their second touchdown in the fourth quarter. The good PAT lifted the Indians to a 23-14 lead with just over five minutes remaining in the game.
The Red Devils drove down to the Indians 30-yard line where the Indians picked off a pass in the endzone to stop the Red Devil drive.
The Indians took over the football at their 20-yard line and ran the clock out.
The Red Devils are now 2-4 for the season, with another much improved team of Indians coming to Booster Stadium Friday for the Red Devil Homecoming Night.
The Chiefland Indians, 4-1 on the season, will be coming off their bye week for the Levy County Cup game. Game time  Friday is 7:30 p.m.