Football: Wesley Chapel 42, Pasco 12
DADE CITY — Losing last week to rival Wiregrass Ranch in a closely-contested game was a little bit of a letdown, but Wesley Chapel didn't want to follow it up with another facing Pasco. The Wildcats (2-1) seemed in position to be 2-0 and just a mere play here or there separates them from being undefeated, so Wesley Chapel took it out on the Pirates. Without starting quarterback Isaiah Bolden, Wesley Chapel racked up 258 yards rushing and 28 fourth-quarter points en route to a 42-12 victory Thursday night.
Key play: To start off the fourth quarter Wesley Chapel defensive back Tyler Richmond picked off Pasco quarterback Doug Crawford (8-of-12, 90 yards) and returned the interception 21 yards for a touchdown. From there, the Wildcats ripped off 28 unanswered points.
Key drive: It may not have been a long drive in terms of eating up the game clock, but it took just three plays and traveled 90 yards. Late in the second quarter while up 7-0, Wesley Chapel got the ball on its own 10-yard line, and after Dexter Leverett runs of 6 and 5 yards, Jelani Vassell hit on a 79-yard scoring run to put the Wildcats up 14-0.
Stars of the game: The three-headed monster of Leverett (13 carries, 77 yards), Vassell (four carries, 97 yards) and Malik Melvin (nine carries, 83 yards) was all Wesley Chapel needed offensively. All three combined for 257 of the Wildcats' 258 rushing yards on the night. ... Pasco running back Jacquez Mobley ended the night with eight carries for 35 yards.
Stats of the game: Wesley Chapel and Pasco combined for 190 yards in penalties. ... The Pirates finished with 231 yards of offense, with 124 coming on the ground.
Final word: "I give credit to Pasco. They're a tough team. I told coach (Tom) McHugh I'm glad to see they're back on the map and they're playing well. For us, it's a 6A school and last week, we just felt like we didn't execute." Wesley Chapel coach Tony Egan