VERNON — The Chipley Tigers dominated the Vernon Yellow Jackets 28-13 in the season opener Friday at Vernon.
The Yellow Jackets drew first blood when senior running back Brandon Malloy scored from the 6-yard line with 10:20 left to play in the first half. Aaron Bowers’ kick was good for the extra point.
Junior Bradley Hall nabbed a screen pass from senior quarterback Jordan Finch and scampered 40-yards to score two minutes after Vernon got on the board. Senior running back Kobe McCrary’s PAT added 2 to make it 8-7 going into the half.
McCrary was Chipley’s go-to guy Friday for yardage. Not only did he score the only PAT of the game, he ran 34 yards just seconds into the second half to get the Tigers a 14-7 lead.
A Vernon safety at 7:07 bumped the Chipley lead up to 16-7, and junior running back Wyatt Brock capped a 60-yard drive by scoring from 4 yards out five seconds into the final quarter. The PAT try was no good, but the Tigers had a 22-7 edge.
Vernon was unable to get past the line off scrimmage on their next possession, and when Chipley got the ball again, it went straight to McCrary, who broke out on the first down and scrambled 23 yard before the Vernon defenders caught him. Junior Darren Stewart added 12 yards, and Brock earned 5 more, moving the Tigers to the Vernon 30 before the ball went over to the Yellow Jackets on downs.
Three plays in, Vernon fumbled the ball away and the Tigers took the drive back up where they left off, just inside the Yellow Jackets’ 30. Junior running back Carlon Smith was good for 5 yards, then McCrary ran 23 yards to the end zone.
With 1:06 left to play, Malloy found the end zone one more time to give the Vernon squad 6 more points.
Vernon travels to West Gadsen Friday, while Chipley has no game scheduled for Friday.