At Wesley Chapel
Scores: Wiregrass Ranch 3, Wesley Chapel 0
Sunlake 21, Wesley Chapel 0
Wiregrass Ranch 7, Sunlake 0
Spring game-breakers: Wiregrass Ranch senior John Harris-Scott rushed for a combined 100 yards in his team’s two halves of play. He also scored the only touchdown Sunlake allowed all night, powering in from 3 yards on the first play of the second quarter. Bryce Wilson booted a 32-yard field goal for the only points against Wesley Chapel. Jaye Miner sealed the win over the Wildcats with an interception, and former Zephyrhills LB Jordan Mutcherson had a sack and a batted down pass against Sunlake. … Nalu Freticelli led Wesley Chapel’s defensive effort by jarring the ball loose against Wiregrass Ranch. Mark Labarbera added an interception. QB Xavier Toro threw for 64 yards. … Sunlake QB Dayton Feiden rushed for 89 yards, threw for 87 and connected with Joe Jean-Baptiste for a 20-yard touchdown. Jacob Guzman added a TD rush for the Seahawks, and Alex Anderson scooped and scored on a 5-yard fumble recovery. Chris Wilkinson kicked three touchbacks in his bid to replace Florida-bound kicker Connor Gilboy.
Did you know? Wiregrass Ranch has never beaten crosstown rival Wesley Chapel in the regular season and lost 30-6 last fall. The Bulls also fell 17-12 in Week 2 to Sunlake. “We wanna be like them someday,” coach Mike Lawrence said of the Seahawks. … Wesley Chapel got a boost with the debut of Marcus Hayne, a 6-foot-7 basketball center, at receiver. He soared for a 28-yard catch in the first football game of his life. “That man right now is gonna do great things,” Wildcats coach Tico Hernandez said. … Sunlake’s presumptive starting quarterback, Esteban LeWallen, was not in uniform for personal reasons. Wesley Chapel QB Scott Edwards — who has battled for the starting job this spring — was also out with an injury sustained in a scrimmage.
Audible 1: “Hey, it’s expected. Don’t act like fools.” — Lawrence to his Bulls after beating Wesley Chapel
Audible 2: “We got our feet wet. At times we swam. At times we treaded water. At times we drowned.” — Sunlake coach Bill Browning
Audible 3: “You’re gonna need more than 20 days to put together a brand-new scheme of football.” — Hernandez on his new offense, which mustered only six first downs