PORT ST. JOE, FL--- You might say the Port St. Joe football team is dipping into the recent past as it heads into the 2014 season.
The Sharks are again under the guidance of head coach John Palmer, who led that program for seven seasons from 09-07. That run included a state championship in 2005.
Palmer, coming back after Chuck Gannon, retired as head coach following his two year stint in the job.
St. Joe won 15 of 22 games the last two seasons, so the cupboard is not bared by any stretch.
Coach Palmer did guide the team through spring and summer, and he sees the positive carryover effect in these first two weeks of August.
"Our energy has been very good." Palmer told us. "The kids have been working very hard. They had a good summer season. They've put in a good amount of time and they're practicing hard. You know the season's upon us and the energy level is up. They're excited about the start of the season. The start of the school year and everything that entails. So I think from our team standpoint, there's a lot of excitement in the air."
The Sharks open with a preseason Classic at home against Blountstown on the 22nd, then host Wewahitchka in the regular season opener on the 29th.