GRACEVILLE — It went down to the final seconds, but Graceville (8-2, 4-0 conference) pulled off a 42-41 win over Chipley with senior Cameron Graham’s 1-yard touchdown run in the game’s final minute.
Graceville improved to 8-2 overall. Chipley fell to 4-6.
Chipley trailed 35-33 at the start of the fourth quarter, but Chipley’s Kobe McCrary scrambled 70 yards for a touchdown on the second play of the quarter for a 39-35 lead. Chipley quarterback Jordan Finch connected with Dillon Ussery in the end zone for the two-point conversion to put Chipley ahead 41-35.
Graham moved Graceville down the field on the ensuing drive. He was denied a touchdown on his first carry from the 1-yard line but not his second, tying the game at 41-41 with only 39 seconds remaining. Toquille Franklin’s extra-point attempt split the uprights to lift Graceville to the win.
The game opened in a salvo of touchdowns with Chipley getting on the board within the first two minutes only to have Graham return the favor about one minute later.
The Chipley Tigers responded to Graham’s score with a 90-yard kick return by junior Dallas Oliver to give Chipley a 13-7 edge. Chipley held on to the lead until the 3:44 mark when Jarrett Brogdon scored from 1-yard out to give Graceville a 14-13 edge.
With 9:24 left to play in the half, Padgett rolled out right for a 42-yard scramble, and Franklin was good for the extra point to give the Graceville Tigers a 21-13 lead. Chipley responded at the 6:32 mark with a 17-yard scoring run by McCrary. The two-point try failed but trimmed the deficit to 21-19.
McCrary broke through the Graceville line and ran 48 yards for a touchdown and a 26-21 edge. Chipley added another touchdown on Wyatt Brock’s 4-yard run for a 33-21 lead.
Graceville cut that lead down with 6:40 to play in the third quarter when Graham punched his way into the end zone from the 3-yard line to pull his team within 33-28. Graham scored again with 12 seconds left in the third. He blasted through the Chipley defense and dragged would-be tacklers with him to the end zone on a 31-yard run to put Graceville in control, 35-33.