Port St. Joe swamps Wewa

Published: Saturday, August 31, 2013 at 01:33 AM.

WEWAHITCHKA — In a matchup billed as size versus speed, speed emphatically won.

Port St. Joe racked up more than 420 yards of total offense, 360 rushing, and countered Gulf County rival Wewahitchka’s distinct size advantage en route to 45-20 victory Friday in the regular-season opener for both teams.

The Tiger Sharks were led by Natrone Lee who carried 12 times for 175 yards, shedding two or three tacklers with nearly every run.

Lee had plenty of support. Dwayne Griggs added 61 yards and a touchdown rushing and a 51-yard touchdown reception.

Cole Cryderman rushed for 64 yards and a touchdown and Carter Thacker had 46 on just four carries, including a 44-yard touchdown run.

Port St. Joe also was stout on defense, corralling the dual backfield threat of quarterback Rashard Ranie and fullback Javar Hill for most of the night.

Hill had 96 rushing yards and a touchdown, but was inconsistent throughout. Ranie never had room to operate, finishing with 47 rushing yards after running for more than 200 in last week’s kickoff classic. Ranie was 4 of 13 for 80 yards passing.



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