Wesley Chapel looks to Piper to stop losing skid



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Mon. October 3, 2011 | Matt Baker | Email

After two strong wins to start the season, Wesley Chapel (2-2, 0-2) is trying to recover from two consecutive momentum-killing, mistake-filled losses to start district play.

“Anything that could go wrong the other day went wrong,” Wildcats coach Ben Alford said.

Wesley Chapel lost three fumbles in last week’s 23-14 loss to Fivay and had inopportune turnovers, including a roughing-the-passer call that set up the game-winning touchdown pass. In falling to Zephyrhills the week before, the Wildcats fumbled six times and lost two of them.

Those miscues overshadowed back-to-back strong performances by running back Devin Piper.

The speedy, 242-pound bruiser followed up a 116-yard rushing night against Zephyrhills with 196 yards, a touchdown and a two-point conversion against the Falcons.

“He’s able to carry the load…” Alford said. “He’s really blossomed the last couple weeks.”

Wesley Chapel can still contend for playoff spot in District 5A-6 but needs to respond quickly. The Wildcats face Pasco this week.

“We’re close,” Alford said. “Mental mistakes are what gets us right now. We’ve just got to get that stuff fixed. If we get the mental mistakes done, we’ll be fine.”

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