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Hurricanes Frances and Jeanne

By BOB PUTNAM
Published November 9, 2004

Port St. Lucie just finished one its worst seasons ever. The team went 0-8 and was outscored 348-84.

But the fact the Jaguars had a season at all was a tribute to their resilience.

In a span of three weeks, the area was battered by Hurricane Frances and Jeanne, both packing winds of more than 105 mph.

It was enough for residents to cry uncle.

Port St. Lucie coach Doug Means said two varsity players moved, including star tight end Dustin Scott. Eight other players either lost their homes or were displaced.

"It's been a constant struggle, not just with the team but with life in general," Means said.

Despite the setbacks, the Jaguars were not about to let go of their season. Once school resumed Oct. 4, Port St. Lucie decided to make up games by playing eight in four weeks.

"All of us are just making it day-by-day," Means said. "I have damage to my roof that's going to be another three to six months to repair. It's been the toughest year. Period."

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