Chipley runs past Port St. Joe


Carter Thacker (21) and the Tiger Sharks rushed for 234 yards against Chipley.

Courtesy of Steve Whealton
Published: Thursday, October 3, 2013 at 09:06 AM.

CHIPLEY — Chipley rushed for 368 yards to overcome Port St. Joe 28-16 Friday at Philip Rountree Stadium in a nondistrict Class 1A game between teams with playoff aspirations.

Kobe McCrary rushed for 177 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries and Darren Stewart added 165 yards and a TD on only seven attempts for the Tigers, 3-1. The Tiger Sharks dropped to 3-2.

The victory wasn’t secured until Chipley rallied from a 16-14 deficit with the final two touchdowns. The Tigers’ defense also played a major role, stopping Port St. Joe inside the Tigers’ 10 on the opening possession of the game.

Port St. Joe’s Dewayne Griggs, Jasmin Thomas and Aaron Paul combined to roll up 45 yards following a 30-yard kickoff return by Griggs.

But Chipley recovered a Port St. Joe fumble inside the 10.

“We did a good job offensively,” said Port St. Joe coach Chuck Gannon of his Tiger Sharks who amassed 292 total yards. “But we had a couple of mistakes that hurt us.”

A holding penalty negated a 60-yard run by McCrary and neither team was able to do much damage the remainder of the first quarter.

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