By Jay Felsberg • FLORIDA FREEDOM NEWSPAPERS • May 21, 2010
CHIPLEY — Two teams battered away on a hot, humid May evening, and when their spring game was over both coaches said they were proud of the results.
The host Chipley edged North Florida Christian 17-14 in a kickoff classic where both teams stuck pretty much to a basic ground game and worked on execution and fundamentals.
Jared Bozarth’s 25-yard field goal opened the scoring for Chipley.
NFC answered with Dallas Griffiths’ 32-yard run through most of Chipley’s defense.
Chris Rolfe’s extra point made it 7-3 with 3:17 left in the second quarter.
Chipley went back on top with James Vorhees’ 7-yard run with 5:26 left in the third quarter, Bozarth’s kick making it 10-7.
The Tigers’ Tyler Oliver broke loose for a 32-yard TD run with 5:57 remaining to open a 17-7 lead for Chipley.
Kendall Randolph closed out the scoring for the Eagles with a nifty 12-yard touchdown on a bootleg with 2:37 left in the game.
NFC got one final opportunity, but it was halted by Lathan Harwell’s interception.
“It was a great effort, including a great effort by our young kids,” NFC coach Robert Kraft said. “Our major goal tonight was to execute well, and I feel that we did that tonight. We open up next season against Mosley, and we have a lot to look forward to.”
Chipley coach Rob Armstrong said the effort was something that his staff and players can build on.
“If we can get the first points on the board and get it into the second half, we can do well,” Armstrong said.
“If we don’t give up big plays and don’t give up the ball, we’ll be hard to beat.”