PORT ST. JOE, Fla (WJHG/WECP) - Most area high school football teams are getting ready for preseason classics and jamborees kicking off Thursday and Friday, like the Port St. Joe Sharks.
The Sharks are under first year head coach Greg Jordan, who replaces John Palmer.
Coach Jordan coming over from rival Blountstown.
Jordan was able to take over well before spring practice, but during spring, he was a bit limited thanks to the success the Sharks had on the diamond back in May.
"Well in the springtime our baseball team was in the final 4," Greg Jordan, Port St. Joe football coach said. "So we didn't have our quarterback and there were a lot of skill kids missing. Just some continuity. You know Josh Butts is our returning quarterback and you know he's back learning a new system, new terminology. Hopefully by week five or six, the strength of this team will be defensviely and then maybe we'll be able to rotate some kids in and out on offense for some depth and be able to stay fresh in the fourth quarter. With a 1A school with a 28 man roster, you're gonna have to stay healthy."
In his first summer with the Tiger Sharks, June was strictly weightlifting, then the throwing and running started in July.
St. Joe's first contact was later that month at FCA Camp in Marianna.
Coach Jordan and his team is coming off a 41-0 win over Liberty Saturday in Wewa's six team scrimmage.
A good day, Jordan said, to get film and evaluate his kids.
"Hopefully by week five or six the strength of this team will be defensively," Jordan said. "And maybe we'll be able to rotate some kids in and out on offense for some depth, and be able to stay fresh in the fourth quarter. With a 1A school, with a 28 man roster, you're going to have to stay healthy. Injuries are going to be key. If we can stay healthy that will be very important."
Jordan's hoping his team stays healthy Friday night when they travel to take on Graceville in a preseason classic.
"It'll be a great test for us," Jordan said. "We're going to do some things regardless of score and outcome of that game so that we get to see what we need to see in preparation of week one. Wanting to win the game is secondary to being able to get kids on film and look at the things that we need to look at in preparation for week one."
Port St. Joe and Graceville play in a classic Friday night.
The Sharks open the regular season at home against rival Wewa the following week.