DEFUNIAK SPRINGS — Unbeaten Port St. Joe posted its fifth shutout of the season while defeating Class 4A Walton 35-0 on Friday night in high school football.

The 1A Tiger Sharks, 6-0, kept the Braves winless in seven games as Payton Edwards returned two interceptions for touchdowns and the defense initiated a running clock in the second half.

Russell Russ added a 40-yard touchdown run for Port St. Joe. Khayyon Zaccaro and Jasmin Thomas also had scoring runs.

Port St. Joe forced five turnovers for the game.

The Tiger Sharks host South Walton next week.

 

Wewahitchka 44, Liberty County 7

WEWAHITCHKA — Wewahitchka exceeded its win total from last season while procuring an important Class 1A win for playoff purposes.

The Gators, 4-3, got four rushing touchdowns and a conversion run from quarterback Cody Lee. Running back Trevor Nunnery added two TDs and Tyreeq Thomas provided three successful conversions.

Liberty County fell to 2-4.

The impact of the victory wasn’t lost on Wewa head coach Bobby Johns.

"It was huge for our playoffs," Johns said. "They were close to us for that sixth seed. It was big because they were the team that was right behind us in the points.

"We needed to get that one tonight and have Cottondale next week which is another big game. This was the most complete ballgame we’ve played since I’ve been here."

Johns said he was concerned coming off a 45-6 thumping at Sneads last week.

"That was one of the worst defeats we’ve suffered," Johns said. "I didn’t know how our kids would respond."

Wewahitchka hosts Cottondale on Friday. Liberty County is at North Bay Haven.

 

Vernon 52, Graceville 14

GRACEVILLE — Brothers Nick and Nikko Campbell each returned fumbles for touchdowns as Vernon won its fourth straight game.

K’wan Powell added two rushing touchdowns, Wayne Potter had one and quarterback Dyvion Bush threw TD passes to Christian Proctor Shyron Green.

Graceville also had two defensive touchdowns while falling to 2-4.

"We really are getting better," Vernon coach Gerald Tranquille said.  "With the rough start having a bye and then a loss it took us a while to gel.

"I’m happy with the way the guys responded. We’re getting into a little groove."

Vernon hosts Jefferson County next week. Graceville entertains Marianna.

 

Sneads 42, Lighthouse 6

SNEADS — Sneads continued to roll as Calvin Stringer caught a touchdown pass from Colton Mercer and scored two rushing touchdowns. The Pirates improved to 5-1.

Sneads added a punt return for a score by Courtavious Garrett, Trent Smith returned an interception for a TD and Seth Scott tallied on a short run.

The Pirates led 27-0 at halftime, but head coach Bill Thomas wasn’t enthused with his team’s execution on offense.

"We killed ourselves on two drives with penalties," Thomas said. "I was a little disappointed."

Lighthouse Christian Academy, a Pensacola private school, fell to 2-4.

Sneads hosts Pataula Charter Academy next week for Homecoming.

 

Franklin County 24, Branford 16

BRANFORD — Lamarious "Monk" Martin’s return from a collarbone injury gave Franklin County the playmaker it desperately needed and the Seahawks snapped a three-game losing streak.

Martin caught six passes for 120 yards and two touchdowns and returned three punts for 85 yards for Franklin County.

Freshman quarterback Colin Amison three three touchdown passes in his first start, also connecting with Javon Pride. Colton Evans added an interception return for a touchdown.

"We got Monk back and got a kid off the basketball team," Franklin County coach Tony Yeomans said, remarking on a year where a number of starters already have been lost for the season.

"Otherwise we didn’t have a playmaker and it had been a different atmosphere. Having Monk back gave us that electricity."

The Seahawks also produced six turnovers by Branford, 3-3. Tonnor Segree had three sacks and forced a fumble.

Franklin County hosts Lighthouse Christian next week.