Chiefland routs Crescent City
Published: Friday, September 28, 2012 at 11:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, September 29, 2012 at 1:15 a.m.
CHIEFLAND — After Chiefland's heartbreaking 12-6 loss to Union County last week, first-year coach Aaron Richardson told his team to let it settle in, forget about it and move on.
It looks like Chiefland has moved on.
On Friday at Wayne Pridgen Stadium, the Indians made easy work of visiting Crescent City with a 34-0 shutout victory.
Alphonso Timmons continued to dazzle with 160 yards rushing and a touchdown while Deshawn Roland found the end zone three times for Chiefland.
Timmons, who came into the game third in the area in total rushing, added to his stats Friday and now has 689 yards on the ground in five games.
“It begins with the line up front,” Timmons said. “We have the confidence that we can dominate the line and open some holes, giving us a chance for big plays.”
On Chiefland's second play from scrimmage, Roland took a pitch from quarterback James Corbin around the right side and blew past the Crescent City defense for a 59-yard score to put Chiefland up 7-0 — setting the tone for things to come.
“The whole team is playing with confidence,” Corbin said. “We aren't looking to be perfect, but if we do something wrong, we are all ready for the next play and we know that we will get it right the next time.”
Corbin connected with Roland for a 30-yard touchdown pass late in the third quarter.
Chiefland (4-1) entered the season with a 23-game losing streak but, according to them, that ship sailed a long time ago.
“Its over, man. That is old news by now. We are looking at Newberry next week and are set to compete in districts,” said running back Keith Smith who had a rushing touchdown for the Indians.
The Indians, who are 0-1 in District 7-1A, host Newberry next week and will be looking for their first district win after last week's loss to Union County.
“We hit the ground running after the loss, we hope we don't have to do that again,” Richardson said. “But we have four wins in five games and now we need to get a district win and the kids are psyched and confident about next Friday.”
Crescent City (1-4), who defeated Chiefland 40-14 a year ago, used three different quarterbacks on the night and were unable to find any rhythm against the Indians' defense. The Raiders' offense totaled only 160 yards.
Junior linebacker Thurman Bailey, a visible defensive leader, noted that Chiefland's success this season is a testament to the solid play of its defensive positioning up front as well as its offensive output. The Chiefland defense has only given up 28 points in five games.
“They are like a rock up front,” Bailey said. “There are guys like Blayne Brookins and Skyler Shelton, our (defensive) ends Josh Berger and Payton Parnell, Shaquille Patterson on the corner, Josh Smith is out there too, I mean, I can name everybody on defense — everybody is solid and doing what they are supposed to do.”