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A look back at Pasco-Wesley Chapel matchup

Tonight marks the 10th anniversary of Pasco's first football meeting with Wesley Chapel. Tempers flared from the start once Dade City kids began attending Wesley Chapel as mandated by the School Board. Families faced off against each other, and before long a 65-point win in the third meeting set off fireworks. Here are 10 memories from the rivalry:

Aug. 9, 1999

Pasco star Kenny Roberts decides to transfer to upstart Wesley Chapel where younger brothers Kenny "Junior" and Chris were zoned for school. Roberts changed course two days later and told then-Pirates coach Ricky Thomas "that he's a Pirate."

Nov. 12, 1999

The first meeting between the teams was not pretty as Pasco cruised 59-8. The Pirates pounced on four Wesley Chapel turnovers, returning a pair for touchdowns. Receiver Joe Bain had five catches for 125 yards and three touchdowns.

Nov. 10, 2000

Thomas returns to Wesley Chapel after building Weightman Middle into a power. Many of those kids played for the other team, including some Dade City kids zoned for Wesley Chapel. "We've got younger brothers against older brothers; it's awesome. We had our way with them," said Wesley Chapel defensive end Jason Boyd. The Wildcats won 16-10.

Oct. 25, 2002

The rivalry turns ugly. A hotly contested game went south in the second half with Wesley Chapel pulling away 64-29. The teams combined for 27 penalties for 269 yards and four ejections. "This is the biggest rivalry we've got," Pirates quarterback Ben Alford declared before the game. "All of the people (who play for) Wesley Chapel live in Dade City."

Oct. 17, 2003

Wildcats lineman Khalil Madani, whose brother Kaivon played on Pasco's 1992 Class 3A state title team, carries a picture of Pasco quarterback Corey Filley in his helmet. After the Wildcats' 33-14 win, Madani pulled the picture out, chewed it up and swallowed it. Filley had transferred from Wesley Chapel over the summer.

Oct. 16, 2004

The Pirates snaps Wesley Chapel's 15-game regular-season win streak 24-20 to bounce back from an 0-2 start.

Oct. 8, 2005

Wildcats senior Chad Hatfield, a Dade City native, makes two huge defensive plays in a 13-7 come-from-behind victory, including a 71-yard fumble recovery for the winning touchdown. Again, brothers faced off as Pasco senior Mario Jenkins faced younger brother Greg.

Oct. 6, 2006

The Pirates overcome a 1-5 start to upend the Wildcats 34-28, and the celebration at the 50-yard line included a dowsing of coach Dale Caparaso with a huge bucket of ice water. The moment was one of Caparaso's last happy ones in his final season as coach.

Sept. 15, 2007

Pasco coach Tom McHugh faces his former mentor, Wesley Chapel coach John Castelamare. But instead of penalties and ejections there were hugs and handshakes. In the end, the Wildcats won 24-10, taking advantage of Pasco's six turnovers.

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