Postseason play starts this week for prep football teams that were lucky enough to punch their ticket to the playoffs. The Port St. Joe Tiger Sharks, one of those squads, and the postseason is a place the schools hasn't been since 2008, when they made it all the way to the Final Four. A key part to this year's team is quarterback and kicker Drew Lacour, who hadn't played organized football since the 8th grade, and decided to join the team on whim.
"I went out there and I was messing around with my buddies," said Drew. "I said hold this for me, and I kicked it. I said hey, I'm pretty good at this, and decided to go out and be a kicker."
"I said you had done some quarterbacking and things like that," said Port St. Joe Head Coach Chuck Gannon. "We thought he could do a good job and he really just stepped in a filled the role and he's still nervous in every game, but he's done a great job for us so far."
Drew's done such a good job, that the Sharks are 7-3 on the season, 1-A District 4 Champs, and are in the postseason for the first time since 2008.
"We had great expectations for him," said Coach Gannon. "We didn't know what would really happen, but we felt comfortable with him. We felt confident that he could come in and do a good job for us, and he's really done more then what we thought."
More then what they thought as Drew is 24 of 27 on extra points, and has made 4 of 7 field goal attempts, all while taking snaps as the starting quarterback, but he's also atop the charts in the classroom- sporting a 3.76 GPA.
"Coach Gannon reminds us all the time that the end of the nine weeks is coming up, and if you want to play that next sport you have to get your grades or you won't be playing."
Drew's playing now for a deep run in the postseason.
"They know they've got something special going on here," said Coach Gannon. "They're all taking it to heart, and they're putting some time in."
"The guys, we've talked about trying to go all the way to State, that would be, that'd be surreal," said Drew. "My first year coming in and being on a great program. We're rolling, and we're taking it one game at a time. Looking into it, we've got a shot."
A shot that may not have happened if Drew never decided to try and be a kicker. As good as a football player he is, Drew's main sport is soccer, and that's what he wants to try and play in college. He said he'd like to study something with athletics and medicine.