Port St. Joe stamps playoff ticket

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

Twice the Panthers took passes into the end zone only to have the touchdowns erased by penalties.

A screen pass for a score was nullified when all five offensive linemen beat the receiver into the defensive backfield for an ineligible receiver call.

A deep sideline route for a touchdown came back due to a holding penalty.

“We were just a couple of plays away tonight,” said West Gadsden’s first-year coach Joey Striplin. “I’m proud of these guys for competing so late into the season and having a chance at the playoffs because that hasn’t been the case in recent years.

“But give credit to Port St. Joe. They have a great team and it was their night. They made the plays.”

Griggs, who led the Tiger Sharks in rushing with 60 yards, put Port St. Joe in full control with a 4-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.

The play was set up by a 37-yard dash by Jak Riley after a short punt gave Port St. Joe the ball at the Panther 46.

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