WESLEY CHAPEL — Pasco High remained undefeated Friday night, defeating Wesley Chapel 26-0 in a game interrupted by pouring rain and lightning.
Pasco struggled offensively at times as the Pirates missed starting quarterback Jajuan Henry for most of the game because of a sore arm. Penalties became an issue as well as the Pirates killed their offensive drives and kept their opponents’ alive by committing 137 yards of penalties.
“Overall, I’ll take 26-0 in these conditions,” Pasco coach Tom McHugh said. “I can’t remember a season like this where every game it has rained. We started then stopped and had to get going again. You can’t get going full speed on offense in this because you can’t throw in this weather and you can’t cut in it. It didn’t help that we had way too many penalties.”
Pasco got on the board in the first quarter with a 87-yard touchdown pass from fill-in quarterback Benjamin Chandler to junior wide receiver Malik Johns. With the slippery surface, the Pirates relied heavily on their defense and special teams which provided their second score on a blocked punt that was recovered in the end zone by Pasco’s Lane Stancil.
Chandler punctuated his evening with a touchdown toss in the second half before hurting his shoulder while taking a hit. He finished with 200 yards passing and two touchdowns.
“Defensively I’m very pleased with the way we played and I think we got a good performance out of our backup quarterback,” McHugh said. “We should do better but we’ll work on it. In the second half we started to take what they gave us a little better. I thought Ben (Chandler) threw the ball well considering he’s new.”
Henry returned briefly from resting his sore arm after Chandler went down in the fourth quarter. He ran three times, racking up 56 yards and a touchdown.