If they awarded a public-school championship in Class 1A soccer, as they once did for football, the Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School boys would already be champs.

If they awarded a public-school championship in Class 1A soccer, as they once did for football, the Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School boys would already be champs.

Port St. Joe won an overtime thriller in the District 2-1A semifinals to clinch a spot in the Region 1-1A playoffs, which began Wednesday.

The Tiger Sharks (18-3-1) visited St. Joseph’s Academy in St. Augustine in the region quarterfinals Wednesday night after press time for this edition.

Port St. Joe appears to be the only public high school remaining in the Class 1A soccer playoffs.

Port St. Joe 3, Mayo Lafayette 2

The Port St. Joe boys had never beaten Lafayette on the soccer pitch prior to last week’s semifinals at West Gadsden.

As they have throughout the season, Port St. Joe got on the board early, scoring in the 22nd minute, Marlon Lopez, off an assist from Jimmy Cummings, connecting on the Tiger Sharks’ fifth shot on goal.

Osiel Moreno evened the game with a Lafayette goal in the 50th minute, but Lopez answered in the 62nd minute with his second goal, this one off an assist from Jacob Lacour.

But, Lafayette forced overtime after a scramble for a loose ball 18 yards out with 10 minutes to play resulted in a Hornet goal.

Playing golden-goal overtime, Lopez earned a penalty kick in the 82nd minute and Lacour made it pay off by pushing the ball just inside the right post for the goal.

“The boys left everything on the field, but the players won by playing smart defense and being precise in the attacking third,” said Port St. Joe coach Eli Duarte.

“The Hornets were a very good opponent. It was the best soccer game I’ve seen this season.”

Tallahassee Maclay 4, Port St. Joe 2

The Marauders, playing with the wind, took advantage for three first-half goals in the district title game at West Gadsden.

Lopez tallied in the 62nd minute for Port St. Joe, Maclay responded eight minutes later and Lacour helped the Tiger Sharks score a final goal.