WESLEY CHAPEL – Zephyrhills relied on a ball peddler defense – forcing four turnovers for the third time in four games this season – and an opportunistic attack that scored on his first possession in every half of the 34-win. Friday Night 9 versus Wesley Chapel at Wildcat Stadium.
It marked the opening of Class 5A, District 9 for both teams. Zephyrhills (4-0, 1-0) scored on two of four turnovers and got another touchdown two plays after forcing another.
With Zephyrhills leading 13-7 in the second quarter and Wesley Chapel (1-1, 0-1) gaining momentum after Dylan Mcginnis recovered a fumble on a kickoff, the tide quickly turned in the Bulldogs’ favor. . Nick Sheldon pulled the football away from Jaylan Blake and ran into the end zone 71 yards, which helped Zephyrhills take a 20-7 lead.
At the end of the fourth quarter, Tymar Mckever returned a 56-yard interception for the game’s final score.
Earlier, Jakobe Campbell’s interception of Wesley Chapel quarterback Ethan Harper set up the first of two Jaylin Thomas touchdowns. Kamil Mehrab added an interception for Zephyrhills.
“It helps, obviously, if we can get touchdowns on defense so we don’t have to do it on offense,” Zephyrhills coach Nick Carroll said.
In the previous week’s 42-0 win over Fivay, Zephyrhills scored touchdowns on each of his possessions to start the half. The Bulldogs did it again against Wesley Chapel. The Wildcats opened the game with a punt after five plays and the Bulldogs topped a 51-yard six-play run with a 24-yard pass from Jaxson Rivera to TJ Jackson, who caught the ball in the right flat. and squeezed through three defenders for the Goal.
Trailing 13-0, Wesley Chapel got his only touchdown just three games after Thomas’ 6-yard run. Blake made a left tackle and beat a crowd of defensemen on the left sideline for a 60-yard touchdown. Thanks in part to the game’s longest run, Blake rushed to a high of 128 yards on 13 carries.
Thomas, however, had 158 yards on 13 carries.
The Wildcats also finished with a safety just before half-time. With Zephyrhills pinned to his own 2-yard line after a failed fourth and goal attempt by Wesley Chapel, Willie Queen took a transfer from Rivera and was tackled in the end zone.