Tiger Sharks, Gators ready for county clash


Rashard Ranie had 130 yards rushing on just 10 carries as Wewahitchka drubbed Franklin County 31-0 in a Kickoff Classic last week. Port St. Joe beat Blountstown 20-19.

Courtesy of Mallory Peak
Published: Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 09:17 AM.

The Port St. Joe and Wewahitchka junior/senior high school football teams start the 2014 regular football season on similar footing.

Both are coming off kickoff classic wins, which in their respective ways were impressive, and they will begin the new season facing each other, as they have in recent years.

The Tiger Sharks host the Gators 7:30 p.m. ET Friday at Shark Field in a renewal of the county rivalry.

Wewahitchka comes in off a 31-0 drubbing of visiting Franklin County in a Kickoff Classic last Friday as Rashard Ranie averaged over 12 yards a carry on 10 carries to pace a balanced Gator attack.

“We played pretty well,” said first-year Gator coach Loren Tillman. “We got a lot of kids in to play. From where we were in the spring we are pleased.”

While Ranie led the team, Tillman noted that several other skill players – in particular Brett Setterich and Caleb Shiver – stood out.

“We had a lot of kids get in there and if we can establish enough other than Rashard to keep teams honest that will benefit us,” Tillman said. “We are still a young team, but we are playing at game speed and that is good.

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