Indians' defense stuns Warriors
Published: Friday, September 27, 2013 at 6:44 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, September 27, 2013 at 6:44 p.m.
CHIEFLAND — On a Friday night in which Shaquille Patterson completed just three passes, the Indians’ signal-caller made it a point to pick on the opposing quarterback.
Doubling as a cornerback, the 5-foot-9, 170-pound athlete intercepted two throws, including one for a touchdown, to help Class 1A Chiefland (5-0) hold visiting Class 4A Callahan West Nassau (2-3) to one score and 149 total yards in its 31-7 win.
Altogether, the Indians’ ball-hawking secondary picked off four Warriors passes, also featuring two from Patterson’s fellow senior T.J. Donald, to bring the unit’s season total to 10 in five games.
“I was just seeing everything,” Patterson said. “The secondary works hard in practice, and we work hard at everything we do. … We were just more focused. We knew it was a tough game, and we knew we would have to come out and play.”
Along with his defensive score, Patterson punched in two rushing touchdowns from less than two yards out and found his favorite target Deshawn Roland for a 5-yard scoring strike.
Roland, whose reception gave the Indians a 14-0 lead with 7:40 left in the first half, also had 15 carries for 105 yards, while junior running back Alphonso Timmons tacked on 126 yards on 21 touches.
West Nassau cut into Chiefland’s lead just before halftime when quarterback Reagan Wright connected on a 4-yard touchdown pass, but Patterson would put the game out of reach in the fourth quarter as he streaked down the left sideline on his 35-yard interception return with 5:02 left to play.
“That’s a pretty good night for a quarterback,” CHS coach Aaron Richardson said. “He’s coming into his own with the position. He’s getting more comfortable every week, but there are definitely some things we need to work on.”
Holding the Warriors 105 passing yards, the Indians’ defense drew praise from Richardson for creating turnovers in the absence of senior safety James Corbin, who learned Friday he would miss the rest of the season with a left knee injury.
“Really what hurts us, and it kind of showed in the second half, is James was good at adjusting and lining everybody else up,” said Richardson, whose team was penalized four times for 40 yards on defense. “Now you take that out, and we really haven’t had time for that next guy to step into it.”
Undefeated midway through its schedule, Chiefland is entering its bye week before travelling to Class 1A archrival Trenton on Oct. 11. The Indians have dropped three straight to the Tigers, following last season’s 26-14 loss after entering the locker room with a halftime lead.
“We’ve circled that one three times,” Patterson said. “We’re so ready for that game. Everybody is already talking about it. The community is ready, and my teammates are ready.”