Tigers stop Sharks 28-16

Tigers stop Sharks 28-16

Kobe McCrary runs the ball for Chipley against the Port St. Joe Sharks on Friday at Philip Rountree Stadium in Chipley. The Tigers won 28-16.

Published: Friday, September 27, 2013 at 11:10 PM.

CHIPLEY — In the battle of fearsome mascots, the Tigers came out on top of the Sharks 28-16 at Philip Rountree Stadium in Chipley.

It wasn’t the Tigers’ claws or fangs, but its defensive line, that was the difference when Chipley (2-1) faced Port St. Joe — beginning with a first-drive turnover inside the Tigers’ 10-yard mark that brought the Sharks’ first drive to a screeching halt.

Port St. Joe’s Dewayne Griggs, Jasmin Thomas and Aaron Paul combined to roll up 45 yards, capitalizing on a 30-yard opening kick-off return by Griggs for a total 75 yards offense, only to come to a standstill after a fumbled carry lands at the Tigers’ feet.

A holding penalty brought back a 60-yard Kobe McCrary run on Chipley’s first drive, and neither team was able to get much past the halfway mark for the rest of the first quarter.

The second quarter started with Port St. Joe’s Thomas scrambling with a fake punt on fourth and five down to inside the Chipley 12, where the Tigers’ defense was able to dig in and finally stop the Sharks at the 5-yard.

Port St. Joe’s Drew Lacour was good for a 15-yard field goal, though, and the Sharks were on the board 3-0.

On Chipley’s next possession, however, Darren Stewart was good for a 67-yard sprint on second and long, putting the Tigers on the Sharks’ 5-yard line. McCrary went up the middle for the touchdown, giving Chipley a 6-3 lead with 8:59 left to play in the half.

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