Tiger fans knew and were prepared for a rebuilding year this year but they saw something last week in the Tigers’ game against the visiting Chipley Tigers that gave them hope that something good was close to happening. Friday night, that hope made its way to the scoreboard in a 42-21 win over an always tough Holmes County Blue Devils team.
The outcome never appeared to be in question for the Tigers from the time they stepped on the field.
They went up 8-7 before falling behind 15-8 in the second quarter. Another touchdown made it 21-8 but the Tigers went into the locker room at the half and returned with a determination that didn’t let up until the final buzzer sounded. A quick touchdown made it a 21-14 game and the Tigers had new life. A pair of touchdowns and the Tigers were cruising 34-21. In the end it was all Graceville with a 42-21 win.
Joe Claiborne had two touchdowns on the night with Xavian Sorey racking up 114 yards through the air and a touchdown in the air. Sorey also added a 90-yard punt return for a touchdown, a 72-yard kickoff return and two sacks. Combine all of that for a 42-21 solid first win of the season.
The Tigers will use that momentum to carry over into Friday night’s game when they return to the friendly confines of their home field to take on Freeport. Freeport is 1-2 on the season and coming off a 27-6 win over Walton. The lost 27-6 to Walton and 26-18 to Holmes County. Game time is 7:00 p.m.