PORT ST. JOE _ The Tiger Sharks had by far the larger and more lethal bite Friday night.

Port St. Joe dominated the Bulldogs of Liberty County in every way possible on a football field, putting the game out of reach in the opening period, triggering a running clock by halftime and beginning the Region 2-1A playoffs with a resounding 69-0 victory.

The win advances Port St. Joe a matchup next week with either Blountstown or Cottondale at Shark Stadium.

The teams’ respective seeding, No. 1 Port St. Joe and No 8 Liberty County (2-8), were on full display on a dreary drizzly night, the game starting as the field was still being drained of torrential rain that fell for hours before kickoff.

Not that it seemed to have mattered one bit to the Tiger Sharks (9-0) who started ablaze and could have continued adding points if Coach Greg Jordan hadn’t called off the heat in the second half.

“We try to instill in our guys that we expect a certain level of play regardless of the competition,” Jordan said. “We took care of the football on a wet night, didn’t have any penalties and they kind of shot themselves in the foot a little bit.

“The whole deal was to make it to next week. The level of competition will certainly be different. It should be a great atmosphere and a great game.”

A microcosm of Friday’s contest arrived over a roughly three minute stretch bridging the first and second periods.

Already leading 14-0 with 1:30 left in the opening stanza, the Tiger Sharks scored 21 points with just two offensive plays.

Khayyan Zacarro rumbled 23 yards for a touchdown after a short Liberty County punt; Joel Bogaert added the extra point.

On Liberty County’s second play of the ensuing drive the ball came out and Kendre Gant, who had missed a punt return touchdown earlier after dropping the ball out of bounds, scooped up the fumble and dashed 14 yards to the end zone.

Bogaert made it 28-0 and after a Bulldog three-and-out, Kelvin Griffin broke over right tackle, spun away from a tackler who had him by the shoulder pads, and dashed 33 yards for the touchdown.

And, to add ice to the outcome, over the final 10 minutes of the half Port St. Joe scored three more times: Gene Quinn took another fumble on a backward pass 21 yards for a touchdown, Caleb Butts scored on a 5-yard run and Aiden Quinn went over from the 4.

The Tiger Sharks finished the half with just 16 plays, but 192 yards.

Liberty County, which advanced no further than its 31 yard line on offense, its only first down courtesy a Port St. Joe penalty, finished the half with minus-4 net offensive yards.

The second half was all running clock.

Antwon Jackson dashed 29 yards for a third-quarter touchdown and Octavyous Russ added a 60-yard scoring jaunt.

Zacarro opened the scoring with a 1-yard run and Josh Butts added a 15-yard touchdown pass to Isaiah Wright in the opening quarter.

“We started a new season this week,” Jordan said. “If we do our jobs we have three region games at home, but we’ll take them one at a time.

“We need to execute and play to the level we are capable of.”