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“We have a bunch of freshman and sophomores and we just keep trying to get better every game,” said Chiefland Head Coach Jim O’Neal before the game. “We are still working on the discipline thing with the young players. We still have several players out tonight as a part of the discipline thing,” O’Neal said.
The only bright spot in the 66-0 loss to the Williston Red Devils Friday night at Booster Stadium, was a stoppage of an extra point try by the Red Devils midway through the fourth quarter of the game.
Following the third straight fumble of the center to holder snap, the Red Devils were unable to put the ball in the end zone for the extra points.
Red Devil place kicker Jody Lewis had hit five straight extra point kicks, but didn’t get a chance to kick the next three tries due to miscues on the snap. Twice earlier on the seventh and eighth touchdowns by the Red Devils, Brandon Preston was able to run the ball in for the 2-point conversion.
Even though the Chiefland team was trailing at half time 35-0, there was no running clock in the second half. The Indians had to agree to the running clock said an official following the game and they did not agree.
Chiefland did have Jamantye Thompson back for the game and he managed to grind out 125 tough yards against a stiff Red Devil defense.
Williston got the scoring started at 8:02 in the first quarter as Dontrell Edwards blasted into the end zone from 2 yards out. Jody Louis kicked the first of five straight extra points for a 7-0 Red Devil lead.
Red Devil back up quarterback David Heinkel saw his first action of the season returning from off season shoulder surgery. With 4:07 left in the first quarter, Heinkel took a hand off from another back up quarterback Brandon Preston and scampered 31 yards breaking two tackles for the second Red Devil touchdown.
Preston was filling in for starting quarterback DJ King who was sidelined after re-aggravating a groin injury in practice on Wednesday. The Louis Kick made the score 14-0 Red Devils.
Chiefland moved the ball to the Red Devil 25 yard line helped by several penalties only to wind up with a fourth and 22 yards to go as the first quarter ended.
The Red Devils took over on downs and after two incomplete passes, Preston hit Tony James for an 18 yard touchdown. Louis split the uprights for a 21-0 Red Devil lead.
After Chiefland went three and out and punted, the Red Devils scored again as Desmond Holmes raced 49 yards for a fourth Red Devil touchdown with 5:20 seconds remaining in the first half. The Louis kick made the score 28-0 Red Devils.
The Red Devils took over the ball following another Chiefland punt at their 30 yard line.
Edwards took the hand off and bolted to the outside and raced 70 yards untouched for the fifth Red Devil score of the first half. The Louis kick made the score 35-0 Red Devils.
Chiefland mounted another drive down to the Red Devil 9 yard line as Indian quarterback James Corbin connected on several passes to Woodrow Beauchamp, and hit Thompson at the 9 yard line with 8 seconds remaining in the first half.
Corbins pass was incomplete in the end zone to Beauchamp stopping the clock with 3 seconds remaining in the first half. A running play was stopped well short of the end zone as time ran out in the first half.
The Red Devils had amassed 307 total yards, 242 coming on the ground and 3/6 passes for 65 yards.
Chiefland had 107 total yards, 47 rushing and 65 yards passing on 5/12 for Corbin.
The Red Devils took the opening kick off to start the second half. They drove the ball straight down the field and Preston rambled in to the end zone at the 9:47 mark of the third quarter. Red Devils 41-0. Preston bobbled the snap, picked up the football and used his speed to race around the right end for the two point conversion. The Red Devils were now leading 43-0.
The Red Devils had to punt for the first time in the game at the 3:50 mark of the third quarter.
Things only got worse for Chiefland as they fumbled the punt and the Red Devils recovered the football. Three plays later Heinkel hit Damien Strange for an 18 yard touchdown. The extra point kick was again mishandled and Preston raced around the left end for the 2-point conversion. The Red Devils held a 51-0 lead as the third quarter ended.
The Red Devils again drove down the field and Kalen Penny scampered 29 yards for another Red Devil touchdown. This time the Red Devils muffed the extra point snap and were tackled well short of the end zone, keeping the score at 57-0.
With 4:25 remaining in the game and the Red Devils driving again, they coughed up the ball at the Chiefland 16 yard line with their first fumble of the night.
A false start penalty on Chiefland put the ball back to the 11 yard line. The next snap sailed over Corbin’s head and he was tackled in the end zone for a safety.
The Red Devils now held a 59-0 lead.
Chiefland elected to punt the ball on the ensuing kick off from their own 20 yard line following the safety.
Desmond Holmes gathered in the football and ran straight through the Chiefland defense for the ninth Red Devil touchdown of the night. The extra point kick by Louis his sixth of the game was good, making the score 66-0.
Head Coach Jamie Baker told his team following the game, “You all played a great game. But don’t forget, they were playing a bunch of freshman and sophomores. We go to Keystone Heights next Friday, and they are big and they will hit you hard,” Baker said.
“We were able to work on our passing game in the second half.”
The Levy Cup was carried onto the field by senior James Hunt following the game, and they Red Devils reclaimed the cup after having to forfeit their 48-0 win last year.