CHIPLEY, Fla. - The Chipley Tigers are in their second year under Head Coach Blake Wilson, and are looking for their first winning season since 2013.
2016 was an up and own year. The Tigers finished 3-7 with some close losses, but the story was inconsistency on the offensive end.
They had some major firepower – 63 points in a win over Franklin County, 61 points in a shootout against Vernon, and 58 points against Liberty County. Then there were some less-explosive showings, namely a 7 point showing against Holmes County.
Despite the record, the Tigers made the playoffs last year by coming second in the district.
As we've said with a few other teams before, the new points system was designed to keep teams with losing records out of the playoffs, so the Tigers will be looking to improve across the board.
The offense should still be prolific. They're starting a senior a quarterback this season in Mason Cook, and a major play-maker returns in Kelvin Dean Jr. He had over 100 yards rushing and 14 touchdowns a year ago.
On defense, they’ve got plenty of senior play-makers – Brian Williams, Chase Western, Charles Stevens, just to name a few.
To get back to winning football, Coach Wilson says he's been working on changing the teams mindset since last year.
"All summer we've been talking about the culture,” Coach Wilson says, “We come out every day, prepare to win, expect to win. To change that, it starts in the weight room and doing all the little things right. When you do the little things right, big things happen. We've just been talking about culture and preparing to win."
Tomorrow on 21 Teams in 21 Days, we will be previewing the Graceville Tigers.
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