The Port St. Joe Tiger Sharks traded youth and inexperience on the football field last year to leadership this season. Lineman Tyler Worley helps his teammates both on and off the field, and two weeks ago, he helped lead his team in a win over Holmes County- who at the time was ranked 3rd in the Class 1A polls. But to members of the team, that huge win, is expected.
"We come out here, our goal is to win every district game," says Tyler. "We come out here every day and bust our butt and never give up."
Never giving up has helped Tyler and his fellow Sharks to a 3-2 record, 1-1 in Class 1-A District 4 play, and Tyler's hard work on the field hasn't gone unnoticed.
"Tyler's a great kid- he's very coachable, the type of young man you want to be around," says Sharks head coach Chuck Gannon. "He's worked hard the time that I've been around him this year. He's made himself tough in the weight room, and he's really opened up our inside game playing one of our down tackles."
Tyler's not just working hard on the field, as besides football, Tyler excels on the baseball diamond, is involved with many clubs, all while balancing a 3.14 GPA.
"It's really busy after school- practicing with the team, practicing really hard," says Tyler. "It's hard after practice, because there's not a lot of time to do stuff, so if I want to play, I gotta do good in school."
"He works hard in the classroom," says Coach Gannon. "We have a lot of kids that do. We have a lot of kids who are in the honors program, which says a lot for our football program, says a lot for our school. Tyler's one of them, he does a great job with it. It transfers out here to the football field."
It's on the field where Tyler's true passion lies- as he wants to one day return to St. Joe as a coach, and he already gotten a leg up on helping out the younger guys.
"People that play my position, they ask me for help and I just tell them what the coaches told me when I was their age," Tyler says.
"We expect that out of our seniors to help our younger kids," says Coach Gannon. "They look up to these kids like Tyler. That helps us out quite a bit because they're coaching them on the field and they get an on the spot type look at it. If you can do these things out here- you're going to be successful in life. That's Tyler."
Success, something that Tyler, and his teammates, are hoping carries on for the rest of the season.