The Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School football team lost its final conference game last Friday but the odometer really turns to zero as the Florida High School Athletics Association playoffs begin.
The Tiger Sharks (4-6) are seeded No. 5 on the northern side of the FHSAA playoff brackets and will be on the road 8 p.m. ET Friday at Bozeman, the fourth seed.
The pilot program creating the Sunshine State Athletic Conference North League, which just completed its first year, created a new wrinkle in the brackets.
On each side, eight teams total, the top two teams in each region pod, received byes into the region semifinals.
Ahead for the Port St. Joe versus Bozeman winner will be Blountstown, which beat Baker for the conference title last weekend and earned a No. 1 seed and the weekend off.
Blountstown will also host the game.
On the other side of the region pod, Baker is the No. 1 seed.
Vernon, off its win last weekend over Port St. Joe, is a No. 2 seed after finishing third in the conference and also earned a bye in the region quarterfinals.
And despite losing 36-13 to Vernon last weekend and finishing under .500, the Tiger Sharks nonetheless finished in fourth place in the 12-team Sunshine State Athletic Conference North League.
A 31-yard pass play opened the scoring midway through the opening period last Friday and put Vernon on top 8-0 after a two-point conversion.
A touchdown run of 14 yards and extra-point kick just into the second quarter made it 15-0 Vernon before Port St. Joe answered with a 91-yard, 14-play drive capped by a 4-yard touchdown run by Davien Welch.
Vernon added a 21-yard pass play for a touchdown with a failed extra point for a 21-7 lead heading into halftime.
Early in the third period another touchdown pass, this one covering 42 yards pushed the Vernon lead to 28-7 and it was 36-7 after Vernon went 65 yards in seven plays for a short rushing touchdown.
Quarterback Colin Amison hit Dakota Quinn for a 50-yard touchdown play just after the start of the fourth quarter for the final scoring of the night after a two-point conversion attempt failed.
Welch finished with 43 yards on eight carries to lead Port St. Joe on the ground while Amison was 3 of 7 for 76 yards.
Welch also had a 21-yard reception.