Size matters for Tiger Sharks in Classic


Port St. Joe travels to face county rival Wewahitchka in the regular-season opener for both teams. Kickoff is 8 p.m. ET Friday at Gator Field.

Tim Croft
Published: Thursday, August 29, 2013 at 09:02 AM.

The Port St. Joe Tiger Sharks received an early taste of what 2013 will be like during last Friday’s Kickoff Classic in Blountstown.

Facing two opponents, the host Tigers and Vernon, with a distinct size advantage in the trenches, the Tiger Sharks absorbed some lessons about survival as the regular season begins 8 p.m. ET Friday at county rival Wewahitchka.

“We don’t think we played as well as we could,” said Port St. Joe coach Chuck Gannon. “We were kind of outmanned upfront.

“And while we thought some of the younger kids played better than we thought they could or gave them credit for, some of the older kids, our juniors and seniors though not all of them, did not play as well as we thought they could.”

The Tiger Sharks faced the bigger, deeper Tigers in the opening half of play.

Gannon said before the game that staying with Blountstown would significantly rest with the defense’s ability to put up points. That was prophetic as Natrone Lee provided the lone Port St. Joe points when he returned a fumble for a touchdown and an early 7-all tie.

Blountstown went on to dominate the 24 minutes, posting a 20-7 win.

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