Indians go on warpath; take Levy Cup to  Chiefland

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By Steve Jarboe

Despite a Herculean effort by the Red Devils’ David Heinkel, the Chiefland Indians took the Levy Cup in a 31-21 win at Booster Stadium Friday night.

The Indians’ offense showed up early in the game as they jumped out to a quick 17-0 lead after one quarter of play. 

The Red Devil defense stopped the first Indian drive forcing a 24-yard field goal. After Heinkel returned the kickoff to the Indians 40-yard line, the Red Devils fumbled their second snap from center. 

Indians’ quarterback James Corbin took the first snap and scooted to the end zone 63 yards for the Indians’ first touchdown of the opening quarter. The PAT lifted the Indians to a 10-0 lead.

After going 3-and-out the Red Devils were forced to punt. With just over one minute showing on the clock, Deshawn Rowland scampered 35 yards untouched to the end zone. The PAT gave the Indians a quick 17-0 lead.

The Red Devils took the kickoff and on their first play Heinkel hit Washburn down to the Indians 36-yard line. On the first play of the second quarter, Heinkel broke several tackles and crashed into the end zone for the Red Devils first touchdown. Jorge Deciderio made the PAT and the score was now Indians 17, Red Devils 7.

Forcing the Indians to a rare 3-and-out, the Red Devils took over the punt at their own 49-yard line. Heinkel again engineered a drive down to the Indians 11-yard line. A snap pass from Heinkel to Damien Strange went to the two-yard line, where Heinkel blasted into the end zone for the second Red Devil touchdown. The PAT pulled the score to 17-14 with just over four minutes remaining in the first half.

This was just enough time for the Indians’ sophomore running back Alphonso Timmons to explode for the Indians. 

Following the kickoff Timmons took a quick hand off and raced 56 yards for his first touchdown of the night for the Indians. The PAT lifted the Indians to a 24-14 lead with 3:44 left in the first half.

The Red Devils went 3-and-out and Heinkel boomed a 58-yard punt to the Indians’ 19-yard line. This time Timmons didn’t wait for the second play. He took the same hand off and raced untouched for an 81-yard touchdown. The Indians now held a 31-14 lead at halftime. 

Neither team could generate a scoring drive in the third quarter as the Indians were intercepted by Heinkel who was on his way when he was stopped by a horse collar tackle. A Heinkel-to-Tyus Williams pass took the ball to the Indian two-yard line as the third quarter ended.

On the second play of the fourth and final quarter, Heinkel again slipped in the end zone for the touchdown. The PAT made the score 31-21. 

Besides a missed field goal attempt by the Red Devils with under four minutes remaining, the game was played out by two very good teams.

For Chiefland, Timmons ended the game with 279 yards on the ground and two touchdowns. For the Red Devils, Heinkel had 96 yards rushing, 165 yards passing, three touchdowns, one interception of an Indian pass and forced a late Indian fumble. 

Chiefland moves on to 5-2 while the Red Devils are 2-5.

The Levy Cup was sitting on a table on the Red Devil sideline and was smashed by a Chiefland player during the third quarter who could not stop his momentum going out of bounds.