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Chiles has Second Straight Winning Season with win over Leon

Jacob Wicinski, Correspondent (JacobWicinskiFS on Twitter) 

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (– The Chiles Timberwolves football team defeated the Leon Lions 48-13 on Leon’s Senior Night.

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Chiles running back Chase Gillespie would get the first points of the game with a four-yard touchdown run for the Timberwolves. This would make it 7-0 with 6:54 left to go in the first quarter.

Timberwolves running back Jalen Harring would add to their early lead with a 57-yard touchdown run, making it 13-0 with 1:09 left to go in the first quarter after a failed fake field goal attempt.

Only 1:44 into the second quarter, Chiles quarterback Garret Greene would rush for a touchdown of his own, this time from four yards out. The Timberwolves’ lead would extend to 20-0.

Leon would finally get on the board with 2:36 left to go in the second quarter with Lions quarterback Paxton Tomaini’s four-yard touchdown run. This would cut the Chiles lead 20-7.

The Timberwolves would answer back, needing only seven plays and one minute and 59 seconds to travel 63 yards. This drive would end in another rushing touchdown by Greene, this time from threeyar ds out. The Timberwolves would take the lead into the half, leading 27-7.

After an interception by Chiles linebacker Cameron Richardson, the Timberwolves would rush for another touchdown, their fifth of the game. This time, Chiles guard Sam Neely would rush for a one-yard touchdown, increasing their lead to 34-7.

The Lions would get on the board again, with quarterback Tomaini throwing to wide receiver Donovan Mobley for a nine-yard touchdown. The Chiles lead was cut to 34-13 after a failed PAT.

Chiles would add two more touchdowns, both rushing touchdowns by Gillespie, with the last being a 49-yard scamper.

Greene would end up going 12-24 with 133 passing yards, as well as rushing for 63 yards on 10 carries with two rushing touchdowns.

Gillespie would finish with 123 rushing yards on 13 carries and a team-high three rushing touchdowns. Running back Jalen Herring would finish with a touchdown of his own, with 73 rushing yards on the night on six carries.

Chiles head coach Kevin Pettis said that his quarterback never ceases to amaze him.

“Garrett Greene is Garrett Green,” Pettis said. “[He] is unbelievable and never ceases to amaze me. He did a great job tonight. He takes over games and he took over tonight.”

Pettis said both of his running backs are great players.

“Chase Gillespie might be the best freshman I’ve ever had, and I’ve had some great ones,” Pettis said. “Jalen Harring is just a touchdown-maker, but both are just great players.”

“Chase [Gillespie] is only a freshman, but he runs the ball so hard,” Greene said. “And with Jalen, he is a freak on the outside, so if we give him the ball in the open field, he’ll do some work.”

Chiles will end their season at Deltona High Schoolon Friday. Leon will end their season on Thursday against Mosley High School on Thursday at Gene Cox Stadium.

Chiles Extends Win Streak Against Leon

Devin Craig, Correspondent (@DevinCraigFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (– The 11-7 Chiles Timberwolves took a seven-game win streak into a game against the 13-6 Leon Lions. The Timberwolves were able to pull out a 5-3 win.

“It’s not about the streak, it’s about making enough plays to win the game and that’s what we did,” Chiles head coach Dick Steed said.

Runs for Chiles were scored by Zach Holcomb, Garrette Greene, Ben Anderson, Tyler Gerteisen and Sam Rudd. Runs for Leon were scored by Josh Rozental, True Fontenot and Victor Castillo.

The first two innings were deadlocked, with both teams testing the other out. It wasn’t until the top of the third that someone struck. Rosental stole home after a single by Tyler Borges and an error by Chiles’s Mason Sanford. Chiles answered right back in the bottom of the third with a run of their own by Holcom.

“It was a well-fought game, not a particularly well-played game, but hard fought,” Steed said.

Chiles proceeded to score two unanswered runs in the bottom of the fourth by Anderson and Greene.

No runs were scored until the top of the sixth when Leon’s  Fontenot stole home off of a Tyler Sims single. Soon after, Castillo stole home to tie the score at three.

In the bottom of the sixth Chiles took off and never looked back.  Gertesisen hit a single which was followed up by a double by Rudd that led to another single, this time by Jozef Rohbacher. Gertesisen and Rudd waltzed home.

In a last-ditch effort, Leon attempted a comeback in the top of the seventh that was quickly extinguished by the Timberwolves defense.

“We wanted to win to get first place in our district. If you win the district, you’re automatically in the playoffs and that’s what we got tonight,” Steed said.

Franchise Sports Brief: Chiles Baseball

Devin Craig, Correspondent (@DevinCraigFS on Twitter)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA., (– It’s baseball season and the Chiles Timberwolves are hungry for revenge.

Last year, the Timberwolves, led by head coach Dick Steed, finished with an overall 15-12  record and suffered a first-round playoff exit to the Fletcher Senators. Last year’s team graduated nine seniors who played pivotal roles in the batting rotation as well as served as leaders.

The Timberwolves dominated district play, posting a 7-1 record and even earning the 48th spot for the best team in the state.

Experience isn’t an issue. The Timberwolves have eight returning players who all received a fair amount of playing time last year.

Talent shouldn’t be an issue either. Three of those eight returning players are juniors or younger. Players who will finally get a chance to step up into a bigger role.

As of now, Chiles has a 10-7 record, at home they are 5-3 and away they are 5-4. In their last 10 games, they are 6-4 but they’re currently on a six-game win streak that they plan on extending against the Lincoln Trojans in a home match on April 6. Chiles has seven games left, five of which are district games.

Although consistency has been an issue (the Timberwolves have had several losing streaks of two or more games), Chiles plans on making some noise in the playoffs. Their final game this season is a tough match-up against the NFC Eagles. The same Eagles that secured a 14-3 victory over the Timberwolves earlier this season.

Trojans Offense Overpowers Chiles

Ashley Van Slyck, Correspondent


On their first drive of the game, the Lincoln high school football team drove the ball down the field to score a touchdown for a fast start to their win over Chiles, 47-21.

With 3:14 left in the first quarter, Lincoln made another quick drive down the field to further their lead 14-0. The Trojan’s very next drive led to another touchdown, as the seemingly untouchable Trojans now dominated Chiles 21-0. 

Things finally began to look up for Chiles when their quarterback, Garrett Greene, threw a 35-yard pass to wide receiver Dillon Haire, who caught the pass with one hand. The drive ended in Chiles’ first touchdown of the game. Lincoln, however, fought back with a touchdown on their next drive just before halftime. Both teams ran into the locker rooms with Lincoln up 28-7.

The third quarter began with Trojans quarterback, Christopher Beard, throwing an interception to Chiles safety Nicholas Clayton. The Timberwolves carried that momentum over to the offense. Greene recovered a Dillon Giesecke fumble and ran it in for a score, cutting Lincoln’s lead to 14.

With 8:25 left in the third quarter, tensions began to rise between coaches, players and the refs, which lead to a flag on the Lincoln Trojans and unnecessary roughness calls on Chiles.

“It got a little out of control, but at the end of the day it’s football, you don’t take anything personal,” Lincoln head coach Quinn Gray said on the third quarter rumble.

The third quarter continued with an intentional grounding penalty on Chiles forcing them to punt from their own 3-yard line. The punt ended after a poor snap hit the goal post, resulting in a safety. On Lincoln’s next drive, Beard ran the ball in for another Trojan touchdown to end the third quarter.

“The young quarterback is doing a great job,” Gray said.

At the start of the fourth quarter, Lincoln recovered the ensuing on-side kick and drove down the field to score another touchdown, bringing the score to 44-14.

Lincoln added a 43-yard field goal and the Timberwolves managed another score before the end of the game. 

Lincoln head coach said the key to the team’s success was that “we were able to keep our composure at the right times and

“We were able to keep our composure at the right times and that just serves as a testament to our guys,” Gray said.  “Overall, I’m proud of my kids and how they composed themselves.”



Rickards Beats Chiles in Exciting Fashion To Advance in the Playoffs

Atalya Santos, Correspondent

Tallahassee, FLA. ( – With a strong end to their regular season, the Rickards Raiders defeated the Chiles Timberwolves 26-21 on a crowded Friday night at Gene Cox Stadium. The Raiders were down by a point with just one minute left, but were able to triumph by an amazing play by wide receiver Kendrick Kelly.

In an aggressive start, Rickards senior Jaden Merritt scored the first touchdown of the night, running 3 yards into the end zone with just 10:02 on the clock. The Raiders found the end zone once more after barely six minutes. Junior Marcus Riley ran for 35 yards and scored the second touchdown which gave the Raiders a 13-3 lead over the Timberwolves.

As they approached the end of the first half, the Chiles defense prevented the Raiders from adding more points to the scoreboard; the Timberwolves sacked the Raiders quarterback, D.J. Phillips, twice. However, the Raiders made sure to retaliate; senior defensive back Anfernee Simmons blocked the Timberwolves’ field goal with just seconds left before half time.

In the third quarter, Marcus Riley made an interception and sprinted 26 yards into the end zone to stretch the Raider lead further, but Chiles refused to away quietly.

Things started to heat up in the fourth quarter as the Timberwolves moved steadily up the field. After a couple of field goals and a touchdown, the Timberwolves were losing but still in the game 20-13. They scored a touchdown followed by a two-point conversion with just 1:07 on the clock, changing the score to 21-20, with the Raiders trailing by a point.

It seemed like the game was over, but the Raiders still had one small chance. With seconds left on the clock, junior wide receiver Kendrick Kelly finished the night by catching a Hail Mary pass, from quarterback Derearl Phillips, and ran it 28 yards into the end zone, giving the Raiders a 26-21 final score.

“He’s going to need to make some more plays like that later on in the season,” said Rickards head coach Quintin Lewis.

The visiting fans went wild, while the Timberwolves fans were in shock. Kelly’s catch certainly made the night for the Raiders.

“We’re trying to make history,” said Lewis. “We’re trying to do something that Rickards High has never done before and that starts with the first round of the playoffs.”

Going into the playoffs with an 8-1 record, the Raiders will play again on November 18.


Leon Seals Their Spot in the Playoffs after Beating Chiles

Emma Vargas, Correspondent

Tallahassee, FLA. ( – An exciting, back-and-forth district matchup took place in Gene Cox Stadium last night between the Chiles High Timberwolves and the Leon High Lions, who were also celebrating their seniors. After a struggle in the middle of the game, the Lions held on and defeated Chiles 28-21, sealing their spot in the Playoffs.

Leon was soundly ahead of the Timberwolves by the end of the first half. Senior James Peterson, who accounted for 60 yards of Leon’s total running game, scored his first of two touchdowns on the night halfway through the first quarter. Chiles, meanwhile, struggled with their passing and running, as they only threw for 57 yards and rushed less than 20 yards the first half.

Timberwolves quarterback, Avery Thomas, experienced difficulty in finding an open man and making complete passes throughout the first half. Leon also made a field goal in each quarter, one from 45 yards and another from the 18-yardline, wrapping up the first half leading 13-0.

A seemingly new Chiles team appeared at the start of the second half. Leon senior quarterback, Tyhran Glasco, who had a decent night overall with a total of 122 pass yards, threw his only interception of the night, which resulted in a Timberwolves touchdown in the first minute of the second half. The Chiles momentum only increased from there.

A blocked Leon punt led to the Timberwolves’ wide receiver, Curtis Hatch, scoring one of his two touchdowns for Chiles, pushing the Timberwolves ahead of Leon 14-13. Leon, however, had an answer. The Lions mostly depended on rushing in the second half. Peterson scored his second touchdown of the night with a 17-yard sweep play to the right. Leon then made a successful two-point conversion to put them up 21-14 at the end of the third quarter, halting the Chiles momentum.

The Lions furthered their lead early in the 4th quarter with a 60-yard touchdown pass by Glasco, putting them up 28-14 over Chiles. However, later in the quarter a turnover on downs followed by a pass interference flag on Leon put Chiles in a convenient position to score another touchdown. Thomas threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Hatch, making the score 28-21 getting the Timberwolves closer halfway through the 4th quarter.

Seeing that running back, Shane Sanders, was being soundly stopped in the second half, Chiles looked to quarterback Thomas to keep them in the game. A few successful passes got the Timberwolves into the endzone in the final 47 seconds of the game, only to have the touchdown called back by a holding penalty. In an effort to tie the game at the final quarter’s end, Thomas threw his second interception of the night, which would end the game.

The Leon Lions will face Robert E. Lee High School in the first round of the 7A Region 1 playoffs, in Jacksonville, Friday November 11th.

Defense Leads Chiles to Win over Santa Fe

Nick Pierce, Correspondent

TALLAHASSEE, FLA. (  After dropping two close games in a row, the Chiles Timberwolves got  back in rhythm Friday night, beating the Santa Fe Raiders 17-6.

“This was pretty much a must-win for us,” said Chiles coach Garrett Jahn. “Just from the standpoint of getting positive in the field house. If you were to lose this one, you go 1-5, and then you might start losing your locker room.”

The Timberwolves (2-4, 0-1) dominated defensively through four quarters. They held the run-oriented Raiders (2-4, 1-1) to only 99 yards of offense, holding them scoreless in the process. Santa Fe’s only points of the night came from a 56-yard interception return by Julien Cromwell for a touchdown.

“Our defense has stopped the run all year, so we knew we could do it tonight,” said Jahn. “This was our first Wing-T team we played, so we had to play really good assignment football, and we did that. We knew that if we were able to shut down the run game and try to make them do some gimmicky passes and stuff like that, we felt pretty good defensively.”

The first half was slow for both teams. The only score came from Chiles kicker Jack Meyer, who made a chip shot field goal with 2:14 to play in the second quarter.

The Timberwolves were able to create more separation in the second half. On Santa Fe’s first drive of the half, Nicholas Simmons picked off Raider quarterback Julien Cromwell. The defensive lineman returned it 56-yards for the first touchdown of the night.

Chiles’ offense also had more success in the second half. Quarterback Avery Thomas connected with Kamari Brown on a deep post-route for 42-yards. The play set up the Timberwolves at the Santa Fe 14 yard-line.

“Kamari Brown is a pretty fast kid,” said Jahn. “He can jump pretty high and has good height. He dropped a touchdown earlier tonight, but he redeemed himself and caught a great ball in the second half.”

Four plays later, on 4th down from the 10, Thomas threw a fade to the left corner of the end zone. Kris Reed came down with the ball to extend the Timberwolves lead to 17-0. Reed, who splits reps as a running back and wide receiver, had 95 total yards on the night.

“We knew offensively that we were going up against hard-hitting, fast guys, so we knew it was going to be a challenge, but we moved the ball pretty good all night,” said Jahn. “We had one deflected pass that got picked off, but other than that, I thought we had a pretty good overall football game.”

Chiles travels to Panama City next Friday to play Rutherford before taking on Leon the following week for their final district game of the season.

Lincoln Bests Chiles in Defensive Struggle

Nick Pierce, Correspondent

TALLAHASSEE, FLA. ( – After losing a 39-37 barn burner to Rickards last week, the Lincoln Trojans came out on top in a defensive struggle Friday night, beating rival Chiles 17-14.

Both teams struggled offensively in the first half. Lincoln especially, as the Trojans only accounted for two first downs through two quarters of play. Chiles had a little more success and had three drives into Trojan territory.

Neither team scored until the final 1:54 of the first quarter, when Marquel Pittman returned a deep punt for a Trojan touchdown. Special teams were a double-edged sword for Lincoln, though, as the Trojans muffed three punts on the night, two being in the first half.

While Lincoln was able to recover their first muffed punt, a Chiles defender was able to fall on their second, setting up the Timberwolves at the Trojan 11-yard line midway through the second quarter. After two offensive penalties backed Chiles all the way to the 26, quarterback Avery Thomas hit Kris Reed for a 20-yard strike that set up the Timberwolves for fourth and goal at the 6. Timberwolves coach Gharett John called for some trickery on the ensuing play, but Jake Meyer’s fake field-goal pass attempt was knocked down in the end zone.

Chiles was able to force a three-and-out on the next Lincoln possession, forcing Caleb Hayes to punt out of his own end zone. Even after a solid punt, Chiles was able to start the drive at the Trojan 48.

Timberwolves running back Kris Reed broke free for an 18-yard rush to start off the resulting drive. Two plays later, he carried the ball again, this time into the end zone for a 26-yard Touchdown.

The next Lincoln drive faltered again, as Hayes was forced to punt. But the Trojan defense would come up huge on the ensuing Chiles possession, as Tre’jan Huggins sack-stripped Thomas on third down. The Trojans recovered at the Timberwolves 26, setting up Beto Aguirre to kick a field goal. This gave Lincoln a 10-7 lead going into the half.

After stalling Chiles’ opening drive of the second half, Lincoln muffed another punt. Chiles recovered and Shane Sanders dove up the middle for a 20 yard-touchdown on the first play of the ensuing drive, giving the Timberwolves their first lead of the night.

Lincoln responded by throwing the ball a lot more. Quarterback Chris Brimm had 10 of his 16 pass attempts in the second half for 65 of his 103 yards. He connected with tall receiver Malik Gary on third and goal from the nine for a touchdown at the end of the third quarter, giving the Trojans the lead for good.

“We knew they couldn’t cover our guys in space,” said Lincoln coach Yusuf Shakir. “We felt like we were better athletes on the edge. We just wanted to get our guys in space and loosen some of those things up.”

Chiles’ best scoring opportunity in the 4th quarter came after Reed returned an interception to the Trojan 40. Lincoln’s defense remained strong, though, forcing three straight incompletions by Thomas and a three and out.

“We had a kick return for a touchdown and ended up winning by a field goal, so that’s the difference,” said Shakir. “But we gave them both their points on short drives. We muffed one punt which gave them a short field, but they didn’t end up scoring. The next punt we muffed they turned around and scored, so really, if we just secure the ball, they get zero points.”

Lincoln plays Leon next Friday at Gene Cox Stadium. Chiles travels to face Mosley.

Leon Advances To 7A-2 District Final

Heather Merritt, Correspondent

TALLAHASSEE, FLA. ( – The Leon Lions narrowly escape their longtime rival, the Chiles Timberwolves, with a 63-58 win in the 7A-2 District Semi-Final game.

The score was close throughout the game, and the Lions held a 52-49 lead with 4:30 left to go in the game with the Timberwolves nipping on their heels. Leon’s junior point guard Trejan Davis charged to the basket for another layup to deflate the Timberwolves and regain momentum for the Lions to carry them to a sweet semi-final playoff victory.

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Godby Rolls Over Chiles

Jordan Pandy, Correspondent

TALLAHASSEE, FLA. ( – The Godby Cougars went on a tear in their non-district game against Chiles, winning 94-47 at home.

The Cougars came out strong scoring the first seven points of game, and stayed ahead the rest of the contest. Godby (20-2, 7-0) put up a hefty 32 points in the first quarter, which can be attributed to their fast pace offense.

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Lincoln Holds Off Chiles

Heather Merritt, Correspondent

TALLAHASSEE, FLA. ( – The rematch between district rivals Lincoln and Chiles was sure to be an intensely hard fought game.

Lincoln took the first game earlier in the season, but Chiles came into the game having won six of their last seven games.

Chiles played from behind the majority of the game, but were able to take a one-point lead with three minutes left. Lincoln senior guard Kyle Kincey responded with a three to regain control of the game and the Trojans went on to defeat the Timberwolves 61-52.

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