The Gene Raffield Football League’s two Port St. Joe teams, the 10-, 11- and 12-year-old Jaguars and the 7-, 8- and 9-year-old Dolphins started off the 2012 season the same way they finished last year, winning, last Saturday at Sneads.
The Jaguars played first and set the tone for the day on their first offensive play. Jasmine Thomas took a handoff from quarterback Bryce Register and smashed up the middle behind tough blocking by the offensive line, bulling defenders out of his way and finally going down with a 16-yard gain. After a PSJ turnover, followed by three Pirate offensive plays for no gain, Thomas fielded a long Sneads’ punt at his own 30, headed for the sideline and took the ball all the way for a touchdown.
The extra point try failed.
Sneads attempted a pass on the first play of its next possession. Register, despite playing with a cast on his right hand, intercepted the throw at the PSJ 35 and ran it back to the 40. On two strong runs, Thomas moved the ball to the Pirate 10. Ethan (Freight Train) Lafontaine did the rest sweeping around left end for the score and ran the same play for the two-point conversion.
The final Jaguar touchdown came on a 60-yard run by Thomas with two minutes left in the half.
Sneads was unable to move the pigskin against the attacking Jaguar defense, getting only two first downs all day. Blitzing middle linebacker Brandon Brant practically set up camp in the Pirate backfield. The Jag secondary of Lafontaine, Register and Cameron Harmon, with help from outside line backers Trey Sander and Thomas, smothered the pirate receivers allowing only one completion all day.
The Jaguars won 20-0.
In the second game of the day the PSJ Dolphins beat a competitive Pirate team 16 to 6.