CHIEFLAND — After an 11-2 finish and state semifinal appearance in 2021, the Chiefland Indians are looking to carry the momentum from a season ago into 2022 come the fall. Chiefland recently released its finalized football schedule for this upcoming season, and the Indians will be facing some familiar competition, but also a few new teams, as well.
Additionally, Chiefland will be entering this season with a new head coach on the sidelines. James Corbin, who is an Indians’ alum, was tabbed head coach back in February and takes over for Adam Gore, who stepped down in January. Corbin had previously been an assistant coach for Gore at Chiefland prior to his new title, according to a photo caption on the Levy County Citizen’s website.
As for the Indians’ schedule this upcoming season, they, like their county counterparts Williston and Bronson, will also be participating in the FHSAA’s new Rural classification. Chiefland is in Class 1R, Region 4 with teams that include: Dixie County (Cross City), Glades Day (Belle Glade), Hawthorne, Pahokee, Trenton and Wildwood, according to the FHSAA’s website.
“I think it will be interesting,” Corbin said in response to his thoughts on the new football classifications. “I don’t think it will be a failure.”
Corbin said he likes the matchups with local teams, adding he prefers to keep the games more community- based.
The Indians will kick things off in the fall with a matchup against Eastside (Gainesville) in the Kickoff Classic on Aug. 19. Following its preseason matchup with the Rams, Chiefland will hit the road for its first game of the season against Crescent City. The Indians will host West Oaks Academy (Orlando) in Week 2 in what will be their first home game of the season.
A road game against Suwannee (Live Oak) will be the first of three away contests for Chiefland following its matchup with the Flame. The Indians will then travel to Dixie County followed by Trenton after a bye week before returning home for a three-game homestand.
Wildwood will be the first home matchup followed by Zarephath Academy (Jacksonville) and Florida State University High School (Tallahassee). Chiefland will finish its regular-season schedule with a road game against Fort White and a home contest versus Williston.
In total, the Indians will face seven playoff teams from a year ago this upcoming season. Corbin said Chiefland’s schedule will be “competitive.”
Despite what can arguably can be described as a loaded schedule, the Indians are embracing the opportunity to play some strong teams.
“Competition is something we are not afraid of,” Corbin said.
Chiefland’s full football schedule with the dates can be seen below.
Friday, Aug. 19: Eastside (Gainesville) @ Chiefland [Kickoff Classic]
Friday, Aug. 26: Chiefland @ Crescent City
Friday, Sept. 2: West Oaks Academy (Orlando) @ Chiefland
Friday, Sept. 9: Chiefland @ Suwannee (Live Oak)
Friday, Sept. 16: Chiefland @ Dixie County (Cross City)
Friday, Sept. 23: Bye
Friday, Sept. 30: Chiefland @ Trenton
Friday, Oct. 7: Wildwood @ Chiefland
Friday, Oct. 14: Zarephath Academy @ Chiefland
Friday, Oct. 21: Florida State University High School (Tallahassee) @ Chiefland
Friday, Oct. 28: Chiefland @ Fort White
Friday, Nov. 4: Williston @ Chiefland