PSJ falls to Arnold

Published: Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 10:06 AM.

PANAMA CITY BEACH — Big plays for Arnold's football team have been conspicuously and frustratingly absent the past two months.

The Marlins rediscovered their explosiveness behind the play of quarterback Cody Saunders on Friday night, however, and the sophomore powered Arnold's 38-0 win over Port St. Joe in the Marlins' final game of the year, at the Mike Gavlak Sports Complex.

Arnold, which resides in District 1-5A, ended a six-game losing skid and finished the season 4-6. Port St. Joe, which captured the District 4-1A title this season, watched its four-game win streak end as the Tiger Sharks dropped to 7-3.

“”We didn’t come to play,” said Port St. Joe coach Chuck Gannon. “We’d played two pretty tough games back-to-back in West Gadsden and Liberty County and I don’t know if they looked at their record and thought it would be a stroll in the park or what.

“But that is a Class 5A team and it has better be a wake-up call because (Friday’s playoff opponent) South Walton plays a lot like Arnold and have some good athletes.”

Saunders completed 12 of 15 passes for 218 yards over three-plus quarters, and he sparked the Marlins with an 11-for-13, 204-yard passing performance in the first half that ended with Arnold leading 24-0. Saunders threw his 11 completions before halftime to seven different receivers.

“We came out firing off the ball,” Saunders said. “We wanted to do it for our seniors and make it a big win for us as a family.”

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