Port St. Joe stamps playoff ticket

Published: Friday, October 25, 2013 at 10:52 PM.

PORT ST. JOE _ Dwayne Griggs set an early beat and the Tiger Shark defense kept in time and the result was a return to the postseason.

After four seasons of watching the playoffs from home Port St. Joe earned a trip back with a 17-3 defeat of visiting West Gadsden Friday at Shark Field.

The victory improves Port St. Joe to 6-2 overall and 2-0 in District 1-1A, clinching no worse than second in the league with a showdown at home against Liberty County, also undefeated in district play, for the district title next Friday.

The Panthers fell to 5-4 overall and at 1-2 in district play drop out of the playoff picture.

“I am proud of our kids,” said Port St. Joe coach Chuck Gannon. “We have stuck together, faced a little adversity, but we are heading to the playoffs.

“We know next week we will have our hands full with Liberty County, but we also know we have to play 24 strong and have each other’s backs. We have done that all year long.”

Port St. Joe, facing a Panther team that operated nearly all night in three- and four-receiver sets, played tenacious defense.

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