WESLEY CHAPEL — Anclote survived a late scare from Wesley Chapel to remain in postseason contention with a 21-14 win Friday night.
The Sharks (4-4, 4-2) started efficiently with a touchdown on their first possession. On third down, quarterback John Forgione found Trent Crawford for a 45-yard scoring pass.
Wesley Chapel (2-6, 1-5) went four-and-out on its next possession, and Anclote took advantage. Center Terry Linton recovered a fumble and went 27 yards to increase the lead to 14-0.
Anclote recovered an onside kick on the ensuing kickoff, but was stopped on fourth down at the 6-yard line.
Wildcats quarterback Jordan Primus ran 2 yards for his team's opening score with less than a minute left in the first half, and had another touchdown run in the third quarter to tie the game.
Anclote's CJ Peppe had two blocked field-goal attempts in the fourth quarter, but Crawford put the Sharks in front with an 18-yard touchdown run.
The Wildcats got the ball back with less than a minute left but failed to find the end zone. Anclote held Wesley Chapel to 125 total yards.
"I've got to give it up to the defense," Anclote coach Matt Wicks said. "They stepped it up tonight."