Port St. Joe dominates Liberty County

Published: Friday, November 1, 2013 at 10:32 PM.

PORT ST. JOE _The team of scant chances when the 2013 football season began took full advantage of another one Friday night.

A Port St. Joe squad that has seemingly played against the odds each week dismantled Class 1A fourth-ranked Liberty County 24-7 at Shark Field to claim the District 4-1A title and a home game when the playoffs begin in two weeks.

In a defensive struggle – the Bulldogs enjoyed a yardage advantage of 200-180 – Port St. Joe made the key defensive stops while Dwayne Griggs scored three touchdowns, including an electric kickoff return.

The second half was emblematic of the whole.

The Bulldogs marched 65 yards in six plays early in the fourth quarter to score, but surrounded the drive by giving up the ball on downs three times and having two other drives ended by the only turnovers of the game, a fumble and interception.

“I thought we came ready to play,” said Port St. Joe coach Chuck Gannon. “We were really focused in all week in practice. The kids remembered last year when they came from 19 points down.”

“You keep telling them they are playing the fourth-ranked team in the state. We have to make a statement. I thought our kids did that tonight.”

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