By RANDAL SEYLER
CHIPLEY — Chipley fans probably got tired of hearing the name Teon Long during the Tigers’ 42-14 loss to the Marianna Bulldogs on Friday night at Philip Rountree Stadium.
Long, a sophomore, accounted for 5 of the Marianna Bulldogs’ 6 touchdowns against the Chipley squad on the Tigers’ home turf, starting with a 49-yard dash less than five minutes into the game to cap the Bulldogs’ first drive. The two-point attempt was good and the ’Dogs led 8-0. With 1:57 left in the first quarter, Long went right and danced through the Tigers’ defense to cap a 70-yard drive that began when Marianna sophomore Roderick Copeland took the handoff from quarterback Herman Williams and raced to the Tigers 34-yard line. The ’Dogs stalled out for three plays before Long found the endzone on a 4th and three. J.T. Meadows’ kick was good and the Bulldogs were up by 15.
With 5:32 left in the half Long once again scored, this time from 10 yards out. Meadows added the extra point and it was 22-0.
But Long wasn’t finished. At the 1:43 mark he scored from 29-yards out to push the Marianna margin to 28-0 going into the half.
Chipley came back and marched from mid-field into the end zone to open up the third quarter and junior Kobe McCrary punched it in from the 1-yard line. Fletcher Dilmore’s kick was good and the Tigers were on the board.
Marianna responded in the final quarter, when Williams’ screen pass to Copeland from the Tigers’ 20 was good for a touchdown at the 9:38 mark. Meadows’ effort was right on and the ’Dogs’ lead grew to 35-7.
McCrary responded one minute and two plays later with a 67-yard scoring run, busting through the Marianna defense from the Tigers’ 33. Dilmore added a field goal and the Tigers closed the gap to 21 points.
The Tigers weren’t to find the end zone again, though, but Long wasn’t done for the evening — He broke three tackles, changed direction and ran 58-yards to score with 6:22 left to play. Meadows added a final point for the evening to make the score 42-14.
The Chipley Tigers host Cottondale Friday. Kick-off is at 7 p.m.