The Graceville Tigers have struggled this year, having not won a game through their first seven games. Two of the games were very winnable but fell just a little shy of a win. Friday night was homecoming for the Tigers and they were facing cross-county rival Cottondale. The Hornets came in as a heavy favorite, having lost only one game to the Chipley Tigers. With the game at 28-8 at halftime, the writing appeared to be on the wall. But the Tigers took the field in the second half with a different look in their eye and drove for 32 unanswered points to take the 40-28 win.
Jimmy Price scored Cottondale’s first touchdown of the night in the first quarter of play. The conversion was good and the Hornets were up 8-0. Cameron Brooks was the next Hornet to find the end zone with Price making good on the conversion. The Hornets appeared to be in control with a 16-0 lead.
Brooks scored the third Cottondale touchdown and the Hornets were coasting to a 22-0 lead in the second quarter of play.
Demarious Finklea removed the goose egg from Graceville’s side of the scoreboard to narrow the lead to 22-6. Joseph Claiborne converted for two points and Cottondale’s lead was reduced to 22-8 with time left in the second quarter. Cottondale answered with a touchdown to go into the halftime leading 28-8.
Graceville took the field in the second half and quickly put up 18 points in the third quarter. Trailing 28-26 after three quarters of play, Graceville wasn’t finished. They added a pair of touchdowns and two conversions to make it a 40-28 ballgame and picked up their first win of the season.
Cottondale concluded their regular season Friday night and await their playoff schedule. Graceville will take on a very tough 9-0 Baker at home this Friday night with a 7 p.m.