In another typical down to the wire battle between arch-rivals Franklin County and Port St. Joe, the Seahawks fended off a plucky Tiger Shark team to win 48-43 and secure the district title.
The Seahawks opened a 16-11 lead after the first quarter, but a strong St. Joe second quarter put the Tiger Sharks ahead 27-26 going into the locker room at the half.
The Seahawks opened the third with a 13-4 streak, putting them up 39-31, with the Tiger Sharks cutting it to 39-33 going into the final stanza.
Port St. Joe refused to give up, and with four-and-a-half minutes left in the game, Ray Bailey’s Seahawks were clinging to a slim 42-40 lead.
The scored remained the same for the next 90 seconds of play, with the last three minutes decisive.
The Seahawks outscored the Tiger Sharks 6-3 in that span and emerged victorious.
Now in his third season, Bailey has so far posted his best season record, now at 18-7, and his first undefeated season in district play, including three victories over Port. St. Joe.