Bay holds back Chiles for Homecoming triumph

Published: Friday, October 25, 2013 at 02:02 PM.

PANAMA CITY — On a night when dreary special teams play seemed certain to doom Bay, the Tornadoes made sure they were superior in one phase of the game.

It wound up ensuring an 18-10 Homecoming win over Chiles Thursday night at Tommy Oliver Stadium that also ensured something much larger.

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After struggling through a pair of three-win seasons, the Tornadoes (5-4) will finish 2013 with no worse than a .500 record. For that, they have a staunch defensive effort to thank.

Bay averaged only 21 yards on five punts and missed two extra points and a conversion pass. It allowed a 41-yard return by Chiles’ Jonathan Scaringe on a pooch kickoff, and also let the Timberwolves convert on a fake punt.

Resultantly Chiles (2-5) began five second-half possessions at Bay’s 34, 44, 49, its own 49 and Bay’s 41. The Tornadoes yielded a fourth-quarter touchdown when Ben Whalen darted in from the 3 with 9:35 remaining, but otherwise shut the door.

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