Chipley and Graceville Renew Rivalry

By: Scott Rossman Email
By: Scott Rossman Email

CHIPLEY, Fla- It's the final night of play in high school football's regular season. 9 area teams will be playing next week in round one of the state playoffs, and you can count the Chipley Tigers among those 9.

They have a date next week at Blounstown in the 1-A Region Semifinals. Tonight the business at hand for Rob Armstrong's 7-2 team, the annual rivalry game with their neighbors to the north, Graceville, and that's perhaps split Armstrong's focus a bit this week.

"Well you're right Scott, it is a big game this week," said Chipley Head Coach Rob Armstrong. "These two teams have played since way back since I can remember, or since I was in school. It is a big game in terms of both communities, but you're right, there's more football to be played after this one, so we've kind of approached it like we wanna get better and keep momentum going into next week, so that's why this game is big."

Armstrong says he will also have to be wary of keeping guys fresh and watch those with nagging injuries. Simply put on the 1-A level it hurts more to lose a key player or two.

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