MARIANNA — Port St. Joe got a pair of early touchdowns and a big defensive stop late for a 14-9 win at Marianna last Friday.
The Tiger Sharks improved to 2-0 on the season. Marianna fell to 0-2.
The Tiger Sharks got on the board in the first quarter with a 30-yard touchdown strike from Josh Butts to Kendre Gant and again in the second quarter with an 8-yard touchdown run by Russell Russ.
It was 14-3 at halftime, with Marianna answering in the third quarter by taking the opening series and running 10 minutes off the clock before getting a short touchdown run by Jeremiah Castro to cut the deficit to 14-9. The two-point attempt by the Bulldogs failed.
Marianna had two more chances inside the Port St. Joe 20-yard line in the fourth quarter, but the Tiger Sharks’ defense came up with stops each time. While it may not have been the most aesthetically beautiful victory for Port St. Joe, it’s one that coach Greg Jordan said his team needed.
"I was glad that it was a close game because we needed that," he said. "We had blowout wins in the classic and the opener, so it was good to get in there and have to fight for four quarters. We didn’t play our best for four quarters, but Marianna is a good team that played a good game."
The Tiger Sharks host Bay 7:30 p.m. ET Friday.