Port St. Joe shuts out Bozeman

Published: Monday, September 16, 2013 at 11:03 AM.

“We really didn’t know what to expect this week,” said Port St. Joe coach Chuck Gannon. “We thought we worked and played our butts off last week against Bay and didn’t win. We are young and you just don’t know how the kids will respond.

“I thought we showed a lot of character and a lot of heart the way we played tonight.”

The Tiger Sharks struck early courtesy of Dwayne Griggs, who left last week’s game in the third quarter after a horrific sideline collision.

Griggs, wearing a new number after his No. 1 jersey was shredded by medical personnel last week, stepped in front of Thompson’s first pass for an interception at midfield and sprinted through the Bozeman offense untouched for a touchdown.

The teams exchanged possessions, two turnovers and two punts helping, through the rest of the opening period before a short Bozeman punt put the Tiger Sharks in play at their 44.

Port St. Joe melted nearly 5:00 off the clock while punching seven plays to the end zone, Natrone Lee sweeping right and shedding four tacklers on his way to a touchdown and it was 14-0.

Bozeman marched right back to the Port St. Joe 35, but could get no closer after a third-down snap went over Thompson’s head for a 16-yard loss.

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