CHIPLEY — It was a tale of two Tigers — but in the end, the Chipley Tigers were too much for the Graceville Tigers to handle, and the Chipley squad finished their season with a 48-14 Homecoming win over their Jackson County counterparts at Philip Rountree Stadium on Friday.
Two big runs made the difference for Chipley (7-3, 2-2), including a 85-yard interception return for a touchdown and a 77-yard scoring run by senior Kobe McCrary set the tone for the evening and kept the Graceville squad (4-6, 1-3) on the ropes.
Chipley drew first blood when quarterback Jordan Finch connected with junior Bradley Hall in the end zone with a 13-yard pass with 4:54 to play in the first quarter. The extra point attempt was no good, but Chipley was up 6-0.
A minute and a half later, Graceville junior Jared Padgett found the end zone from 5-yards out, capping an 80-yard drive that began with senior Rashard McKinnie’s 65-yard kick return. Freshman Bryce Jowers’ kick was good to give Graceville a 7-6 edge going into the second quarter.
With 8:08 left to play in the half, a fumbled snap on a field goal attempt saw Chipley’s kicker Adrain Sims toss the ball to junior Bradley Hall for a touchdown from the 16 yard mark, and McCrary was there to add the PAT to put Chipley ahead 14-7 going into the half.
The third quarter opened with McCrary returning the opening kick 77 yards to score, and Sims added the point after to put Chipley ahead 21-7.
Graceville replied in kind one minute later, however, when Padgett scrambled 56 yards to score. Jowers’ kick was good and Graceville closed the gap to 21-14, but that was as far as they’d go — the rest of the evening belonged to Chipley.
Less than three minutes and four plays later, Chipley was back in the end zone, this time thanks to a 64-yard kick return by sophomore Zack Campbell, putting the Tigers at the Graceville 16.
The Chipley offense stalled out for three tries, before Finch connected with Hall to score. Sims added the extra point and Chipley was leading 28-14.
In the opening seconds of the fourth quarter, McCrary nabbed a Graceville pass at the Chipley 15-yard line then ran it back 85 yards to score to make it 34-14 with 11:32 to play.
McCrary added another six points with 9:33 remaining when he scrambled 15 yards following a Graceville fumbled punt that turned over the ball the Chipley inside the Graceville 20. Sims’ boot was good for an extra point and the score was 41-14.
Wyatt Brock added the final touchdown of the evening, scampering 5-yards on a sweep to score. Sims kicked the extra point and the Chipley Tigers led 48-14 with 4:22 left to play.