Chiefland football preview

Chiefland_IndiansCHIEFLAND INDIANS (1A-Distict 7)

2014 RECORD: 4-6

HEAD COACH: Aaron Richardson (4th Year)

KEY PLAYERS: Billy Hammond (Sr., LB), Vanden Fehmerling (Sr., TE/DE/DT), Jarquez Williams (Sr., RB/FS), Levi Murray (Sr., RB/OLB), Eric Grant, Jr. (Sr., CB/FS), Zach Barker (Sr., WR/CB)

2015 PREVIEW: Chiefland finished below .500 for the first time under Richardson as injuries and a tough schedule contributed to a 4-6 record in 2014. The Indians only won only one district game (Williston) and they gave up over 30 points four times. They were outscored 88-19 by Union County (Lake Butler) and Dixie County (Cross City) in their final two district games of the season.

Despite the struggles, there is reason for optimism in 2015. The Indians hope to get a boost with the return of some key players from the previous season.

Running back Jarquez Williams, who led the team with 1,028 yards rushing, and Levi Murray, who averaged 5.9 yards per carry as a junior, give the Indians a good 1-2 punch in the backfield. The pair combined for 14 rushing TD’s, while Williams added another three through the air.

Senior linebacker Billy Hammond will be one of the key returnees on defense. Last year, he led the team in tackles (110) and TFL (13), while senior Zach Barker tied for the team lead with two interceptions. The 7-team District 7 schedule will be challenging with Dixie County, Trenton and Newberry.

2015 SCHEDULE
Aug. 28 – OFF
Sept. 4 – vs. P.K. Yonge (Gainesville)
Sept. 11 – vs. Agape Christian (Orlando)
Sept. 18 – at Branford*
Sept. 25 – vs. Newberry*
Oct. 2 – at Trenton*
Oct. 9 – vs. Dixie County (Cross City)*
Oct. 16 – vs. Hawthorne
Oct. 23 – vs. Bronson*
Oct. 30 – at Williston*
Nov. 6 – vs. Arlington Country Day (Jacksonville)

*District game

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“The Prep Zone” has been counting down to kick-off with a preview of high school football teams in the North Central Florida area.  Past team previews:

July 20 – BELL BULLDOGS
July 21 – BELLEVIEW RATTLERS
July 22 – BRADFORD (STARKE) TORNADOES
July 23 – BRANFORD BUCCANEERS
July 24 – BRONSON EAGLES
July 25 – BUCHHOLZ (GAINESVILLE) BOBCATS
July 26 – CHIEFLAND INDIANS
July 27 – CITRUS (INVERNESS) HURRICANES
July 28 – COLUMBIA (LAKE CITY) TIGERS
July 29 – DIXIE COUNTY (CROSS CITY) BEARS
July 30 – DUNNELLON TIGERS
Aug. 1 – EASTSIDE (GAINESVILLE) RAMS
Aug. 2 – FOREST (OCALA) WILDCATS
Aug. 3 – FORT WHITE INDIANS
Aug. 4 – GAINESVILLE HURRICANES
Aug. 5 – HAMILTON COUNTY (JASPER) TROJANS