By Bryan Hoopaugh
Friday night the Red Devils will host district rival Chiefland Indians for their 2013-14 homecoming.
Williston will enter into the game with a record of 5-2.
Chiefland has the edge in records as it will enter into the competition with a record of 5-1 with its only loss being to non-district competitor Trenton last week.
Both teams rely primarily on the running game with Williston averaging 241.3 yards per game and the Indians averaging 263.2.
Williston’s defense will need to tame the rushing of Deshawn Roland who averages 10.07 yards per carry and has 544 yard on the season as well as Chiefland’s rushing leader Alphonso Timmons with 719 yards on the season and averaging 7.73 yards per carry.
Williston is coming off a big win over Jacksonville’s Eagle’s View Academy in which they shut out the Warriors 63-0.
Coach Jamie Baker was able to work many of his second string players during the game as Williston jumped in front by 48 points in the first half.
The victory was a bittersweet one as the team played for a greater reason than just that of another victory.
Junior Paul Battles, who had an outstanding game rushing and at quarterback had a 47- yard touchdown run early in the second quarter to give Williston a 35-0 lead, played in honor of his mother.
Battles received the news late in the school day last Friday that his mother had died after a long fight with cancer. One of the last things his mother had said to him earlier in the week was to play a good game for her.
The coaching staff, players and fellow students all rallied to show their support for Battles.
The Red Devils will look to continue their high powered running game tomorrow night and try to give Chiefland their first district loss of the season.
Williston has two losses, both being district losses, and will need a win over Chiefland and some help from Dixie County and Union County opponents to give them a shot at any district contention. Williston has two more regular season games after Chiefland facing Lacanto on Oct. 25 and then district rival Union County on Nov. 1.