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September 20, 2013GAME 5 - It's a battle of Indians and Panthers as the Newberry Panthers take on the Chiefland Indians. Newberry has won the last six meetings, including a 16-7 win in 2012. Last year, Chiefland ended a 23-game losing streak in its first game and opened the season at 3-0 before finishing 5-5
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PLAYERS TO WATCH:
NEWBERRY - RB Jimmy McCoy, RB Carlton Franklin, WR/DB Monte Seabrook
CHIEFLAND - DE Payton Parnell, LB Billy Hammond, RB Alphonso Timmons
OUTLOOK: : Some people have started calling Class 1A-District 7 the 'SEC of 1A football' as all five district teams have combined to go 14-1 to begin the season. With top-ranked Union County (Lake Butler), No. 4 Dixie County (Cross City) and unbeaten Williston in the district, the margin for error is slim - making each district game a big one.
The Panthers are averaging over 200 yards on the ground with the 1-2 punch of McCoy and Franklin, who have combined to rush for 475 yards. But the Indians, who began the season with back-to-back shutouts, have some offense too. Timmons has 374 yards and four TD's and four of QB Shaquille Patterson's five completions have gone for scores.
Big plays could big a big factor as well. Seabrook is averaging 161 all-purpose yards per game, while Roland is averaging 125.
The winner of this one gets the upper-hand in the district, along with the winner of tonight's Dixie County at Williston game. Newberry has a slight advantage in the schedule with home games against Williston (10/4) and Dixie County (10/24) sandwiched around a trip to Lake Butler in a rematch of last year's win in the state playoffs, but the Panthers have an open date before the game in Union County (10/18). Chiefland gets the top-ranked Tigers at home (10/25), but they have to go to Williston first on Oct. 18, and they play their district finale at Dixie County (11/1).