Port St. Joe stamps playoff ticket

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

Hurrying West Gadsden quarterback Deonte Jackson every time he dropped to pass, the Tiger Sharks held the Panthers to 215 total yards, more than 90 of that coming on the final two series as West Gadsden tried desperately to get back in the game.

Jackson finished 10 of 26 passing for 165 yards, more than half coming in the final five minutes, with one interception.

That interception was critical.

Early in the second quarter of a scoreless game Jackson sent a pass into the middle of the field where Griggs, timing his move perfectly, stepped in front of a receiver at the Port St. Joe 23 to intercept and dashed all but untouched to the end zone.

Drew Lacour added the extra point and Port St. Joe had a 7-0 lead.

“Defense wins ball games for you sometimes when the offense is struggling,” Gannon said. “That was the case tonight. That Griggs interception really set a tone.”

West Gadsden added a 27-yard field goal shortly before the half to pull to 7-3 but the Panthers went into the locker room frustrated by opportunities lost.

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