CHIPLEY — The Chipley Tigers outran the Freeport Bulldogs 39-13 Friday at Philip Rountree Stadium in Chipley.
Freeport senior quarterback Owen Cole connected with junior Morgan Hardee in the end zone with 8:21 to play in the first quarter, putting the Bulldogs on the board and senior Nick Russell’s kick added the extra point rounded the Freeport lead up to 7-0, but that edge was short-lived — less than 30 seconds later Chipley’s junior tight-end Kobe McCrary was scrambling 52 yards to score for the Tigers with senior Fletcher Dillmore’s kick tying up the score.
With 3:02 left in the first quarter, the Tigers took the lead with a 17-yard McCrary run, capping a 55-yard, 6-play drive. Dillmore added another point and the Bulldogs were trailing 14-0.
With 5:48 remaining in the half, Chipley again found the end zone with McCrary busting through the middle of the Bulldogs’ defense from 3 yards out to score. The two-point attempt was no good, but the Tigers were up 20-7.
Chipley added 6 more points with 2:07 left in the half when junior quarterback Jordan Finch connected with junior wide receiver Dallas Oliver in the end zone to score, The two-point attempt was no good, but the Tigers went into half time with a 26-7 lead.
The Tigers came back from the break and took their first drive of the second half into the end zone when sophomore wide receiver Carlon Smith scrambled from behind the 37-yard line to score. Smith’s touchdown topped a 46-yard, 4-play drive that started from inside the Bulldogs’ territory. Dillmore’s kick was good and the Tigers had a 33-7 lead.
Freeport responded with an 80-yard, 7-play drive, helped with a Tiger personal foul, that ended with senior wide receiver Zach Fordem nabbing a Cole pass in the end zone. Nick Russell’s kick attempt was no good, but the Bulldogs improved to 33-13.
The Tigers’ found the end zone one last time as the third quarter expired when sophomore running back Wyatt Brock ran up the middle from 2 yards out to cap a 57-yard, 9-play effort. Dillmore’s kick was no good, but the Tigers led 39-13 and they were able to keep the Bulldogs at bay for the remainder of the evening.
The Tigers improve to 5-4 for the season, while the Bulldogs fall to 3-6.
Chipley heads to Bonifay Friday to face Holmes County High School. Kick off is at 7 p.m.