CHIPLEY — The Chipley Tigers had a hearty Homecoming feast, pouncing on the South Walton Seahawks early in the opening quarter to post a 37-6 win at Philip Rountree Stadium on Friday.
Junior Kobe McCrary scored on a 30-yard scamper to put the Tigers on the board just 1:10 into the game, and Fletcher Dilmore’s aim was good, as usual, for the extra point.
A bad snap resulted in the Seahawks putting 2 points on the board for the Tigers with a touchback about a minute later, then on their next possession the Tigers marched 70 yards on 4 plays, helped immensely by Sophomore Carlon Smith’s 60-yard kick return, which put the Tigers on the Seahawk’s 30 to begin the drive.
Smith also took a short pass from junior quarterback Jordan Finch on the second down and was stopped inside the 5-yard line, then McCrary was able to sweep left to score with 8:44 left in the first quarter. Dilmore added a point and the Tigers led 16-0.
In the final minutes of the first stanza, the Tigers started yet another scoring drive, which was capped just seconds into the 2nd quarter with a 5-yard run by junior Jacob Wilson. Dilmore kicked another field goal and the Chipley squad led 23-0 with 11:53 left to play in the half.
McCrary scored again at the 8:58 mark, this time from 25 yards out, topping a 63-yard, 4-play drive. Dilmore did his part and the Tigers were leading 30-0 at the half.
Chipley came back from halftime and on the first possession of the quarter, marched 54 yards on six plays to score one final time when Wilson nabbed a 15-yard toss from Finch in the end zone. Dilmore was on the mark and the Tigers led 37-0, which mercifully started the continuous clock.
South Walton came back on their next possession when senior Drew Pfeiffer returned a Chipley kick from inside the Seahawks 10 to the Tigers’ 42. The Seahawks kept the momentum going, marching into the end zone in five plays and sending junior Sage Roberts into the end zone from 15 yard out.
Chipley has an open schedule next Friday, while South Walton travels to Graceville. Kickoff is 7 p.m.