JASPER — Chiefland’s offensive combination of quarterback Ty Corbin and playmaker Arthur Lee combined for big plays in a four-touchdown performance as the Indians coasted past Hamilton County 29-3 at Veterans Memorial Stadium on Friday.
The Trojans (0-8) got the ball first and converted two fourth-down attempts in moving the ball to Chiefland’s 27-yard line before missing on a 44-yard field goal try by Omar Lopez.
Running back Foster Bristol had five runs for 15 yards on the drive, including a two-yard pickup on a fourth-and-1 attempt. After quarterback Connor Jones was sacked for an eight-yard loss, HCHS converted on another fourth down when Jeremiah Gibson, taking the snap to punt, instead ran for 26 yards and a first down.
It took Chiefland three plays to score on its opening drive. After a 15 yard-pass to Iziah Brown, Corbin ran for 55 yards to the Trojan 2-yard line before completing a touchdown pass to Zach Hall. The Indians were able to run in a 2-point conversion after a botched snap on a kick conversion attempt for an 8-0 lead.
Corbin completed 7 of 14 passes for 77 yards and three TD passes. He rushed for 121 yards on seven carries.
Chiefland coach John Palmer said his top two playmakers, Corbin and Lee, played well.
“They had some explosive plays and they did a good job,” he said. “They have been really solid all year and they were again tonight.”
Chiefland stopped Hamilton again and after a good punt by Gibson, started its drive from its own 22-yard line. Corbin ran out of the pocket for 25 yards, and a pass interference call against Hamilton gave Chiefland a first down at the Trojans’ 34-yard. Corbin then connected with Lee for a 34-yard TD pass to put Chiefland up 15-0 early in the second quarter. Lee caught three passes for 44 yards and two TDs, and ran the ball two times for 79 yards and one TD.
On the Indians’ next drive, Corbin ran five times for 38 yards, once on a third-and-6 for eight yards. Chiefland was aided by a 15-yard penalty on an out-of-bounds hit that moved the ball to Hamilton’s 21-yard line. Corbin found Hall for a 9-yard gain on a post play and passed to Lee for a 15-yard TD with 33 seconds left in the half to make it 22-0. Hamilton’s Alonzo Lee made two good defensive plays in a row on the drive. He batted down a pass attempt by Corbin then limited him to a 3-yard gain after he scrambled on another play.
Hamilton finally mounted a drive that led to its only score, a 23-yard field goal by Lopez with 7:10 left in the game.
It started with Gibson returning a punt for 22 yards and a horse-collar penalty on the Indians while he was being tackled. That gave the Trojans the ball on Chiefland’s 31-yard line. Jones converted on a fourth-down pass play to Gibson and got a first-and-goal at Chiefland's 5-yard line before a fumbled snap and a five-yard penalty stalled the drive.
“Connor is getting better each week at quarterback, it’s only his second start at quarterback,” coach Richard Vester said. “Bristol had a big night. He had to play all night at fullback and defensive end. Probably his best night. Both of those players are 10th graders.”
This time it took Chiefland only two plays to score with Lee running 66 yards for the final points.
On the Trojans‘ final drive Bristol broke through the line for a 46-yard gain. He got past all the defenders before being caught from behind. He finished the night with 24 carries for 108 yards. Jones completed one pass to Gibson for 14 yards.
The Trojans started the season with 19 players but are up to almost 30 now by adding middle- school kids.
“Last week we didn’t get to play,” Vester said. “Because of injuries we didn’t have enough players for a game last week. So we brought up some middle-school kids this week.”
Vester said they couldn’t bring up the kids last week because they had already played a middle-school game, but now their season is over so the Trojans will be able to participate in the last two games of the season.
”We played some 7th and 8th graders tonight too. But I’m proud of them, they fought hard, played hard and made it a fun game,” Vester said. The Trojans have a bye week and 7th to 10th graders will play a junior varsity game next week.