SANTA ROSA BEACH — Phil Tisa always believed.

That 0-3 start to the year stung, sure, but that wasn’t his South Walton football team.

His Seahawks entered the year coming off a region semifinal appearance. His Seahawks had two Dandy Dozen selections in quarterback Drake Roberts and receiver J.M. Allen.

His Seahawks had the potential to be something special, and Friday night, his Seahawks started to show signs of being just that, besting Port St. Joe 30-13 for their first win of the year.

The ground game Tisa has been searching all year for finally got going, Tyler Mitchum and Zane Hamilton combining for three touchdowns, and the defense held fast, pitching a shutout in the second half as the offense put the game away.

“Obviously, it feels good,” Tisa said. “Hopefully, we can just carry this forward and build on what we were able to do tonight.

"I knew our kids had it in ’em. We just had to get it out.”

STAT OF THE NIGHT: Four

Four different Seahawks forced turnovers Friday.

Cayson Schjott, Alex Partin, Zane King-Williamson each forced an interception, and Allen recovered a fumble.

South Walton is playing angry.

OFFENSIVE MVP: Tyler Mitchum, RB, South Walton

The senior notched two touchdowns on the ground, providing for the balanced attack South Walton needs to succeed.

DEFENSIVE MVP: Alex Partin, LB, South Walton

Interceptions are devastating. They throw all momentum out the window. Partin’s pick was the biggest of the night, Tisa said.

UP NEXT

South Walton (1-3) hits the road to play Bay (1-3) at 7 p.m. Thursday in Panama City.

“We gotta shorter time to prepare, so hopefully we can get a game plan together, get it in, get it learned and go out and continue to build,” Tisa said.