With quarterback Josh Butts rushing for three touchdowns and Russell Russ and Jasmin Thomas adding scores on the ground, the Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School Tiger Sharks cruised in last week’s preseason classic in Graceville.
Butts scored on runs of 66, 1 and 62 yards and Port St. Joe scored three touchdowns in each half.
The win might not have counted in final records, but it was a nice way to start the season, said Port St. Joe coach Greg Jordan.
“Classic or not it’s hard to argue with the score,” Jordan said. “But we’ve got a lot of things we need to clean up.
“We had some missed blocking assignments, some penalties, but the effort was there on both sides of the ball.”
Port St. Joe hosts Wewahitchka 7:30 p.m. ET Friday night in the regular-season opener for both teams.
Against Graceville, Russell Russ’s 3-yard touchdown run put Port St. Joe on the scoreboard in the first quarter, Joel Bogaert adding the first of five extra-point kicks.
Thomas rushed over from the 11 in the second quarter and Bogaert made it 14-0 before Butts ripped off a 66-yard touchdown run and it was 21-0 at the half after Bogaert took care of business.
Neither team scored in the third quarter; Butts charged over from the 1 early in the fourth quarter to make it 28-0.
Minutes later the senior broke a 62-yard touchdown run.
“We’ve got to fix a lot of things offensively, but it was a good starting point and a good win for us,” Jordan said.
The final points of the game arrived courtesy of a defensive hit from Russ, which caused a fumble that was picked up by Josh Farmer and turned into six points.
The extra point was blocked.
“Overall, our defense played pretty well,” Jordan said.