Twisting the characterization a tad, workmanlike best describes Port St. Joe’s 41-9 victory over Walton Friday night at Shark Stadium.

Twisting the characterization a tad, workmanlike best describes Port St. Joe’s 41-9 victory over Walton Friday night at Shark Stadium.

Yes, the Tiger Sharks (5-1) rolled up 414 yards of total offense and held the Braves (2-6) to just 122 yards.

Indeed, after a scoreless first quarter, Port St. Joe wore down the goal line and Walton with a rushing attack that accounted for 300 of those offensive yards, the Tiger Sharks never truly threatened.

On the other hand, Port St. Joe still had trouble on special teams as Walton rolled up more than 200 return yards and the game, particularly the second half, was played in a blizzard of yellow flags with the teams combining for 17 penalties.

In the end, it was a win for the Tiger Sharks, regardless of means.

“For a homecoming week, I thought we played pretty well,” said Port St. Joe coach John Palmer noting the extensive distractions of that celebratory week.

Senior fullback Jasmin Thomas and junior quarterback Josh Butts led the way on offense for Port St. Joe.

Thomas had 154 yards and scored twice in 16 carries and caught a 20-yard touchdown pass from Butts.

Butts added 118 yards and a touchdown on the ground and was 9 of 14 for 114 yards and two touchdowns through the air.

“There were a lot of big holes opened by the offensive line; they did a great job,” Palmer said.

And other than one play, a 68-yard slant pass from Keane Neal to Juanyeh Thomas midway through the second quarter, the Port St. Joe corralled the Braves, allowing just 30 rushing yards, 1 net rushing yard in the second half as the defensive line teed off on whoever was taking the snaps.

The Braves also lost 21 yards in the first half on ill-aimed snaps from the shotgun.

In fact, the most dangerous offensive weapon Walton rolled out Jordan Dobbs, who returned the opening kickoff 32 yards, setting a tone for special teams that included another kickoff return of 82 yards in the second half and consistently good field position every time Port St. Joe scored.

“They have a good return man and he did a good job against us,” Palmer said of his team’s continued issues with special teams. “We did have a better night on punt returns.”

The teams traded punts to open the game before Port St. Joe mounted an 11-play, 68-yard drive consuming the last 5:00 of the first quarter and ending when Thomas went over from the 9 on the first play of the second period.

After Walton began the ensuing drive in Port St. Joe territory, due to another electric kick return, the Tiger Sharks eventually stopped the drive on downs at their 38.

Butts ran for 10 yards and followed by rolling right, stopping and tossing a gem of a deep pass that only Russell Russ could catch, Russ running the last 20 yards of the 52-yard touchdown play.

Walton answered on the next play from scrimmage as Thomas found an open seam in the secondary after catching a short slant from Neal and turning it into Walton’s lone touchdown.

The Tiger Sharks responded with a 10-play, 74-yard drive that ended when Butts hit Thomas on a wheel route out of the backfield for a 20-yard scoring strike.

Yanni Pateritsas, perfect on his first two, was low with the extra point kick and it was 20-7 at intermission.

The second half began unsteadily for the Tiger Sharks, with Butts throwing a deep interception for Port St. Joe’s only turnover on the first drive and the Braves, after being unable to move, landing a punt inside the Port St. Joe 1.

Alvin Dempsey tried off right tackle but Walton’s defensive front stuffed him for a safety and it was 20-9.

After the free kick, Port St. Joe stopped Walton on downs and after runs of 16 and 21 yards by Thomas the Tiger Sharks were at the 5.

Butts, carrying a crowd, went over for the touchdown.

After once again stopping Walton on a downs, Port St. Joe took over at its 41 and following an offsides penalty Thomas broke a 54-yard run to make it 34-9.

Dempsey added a 9-yard touchdown run just past the midpoint of the fourth quarter to complete the scoring.