WESLEY CHAPEL — Something had to give in a Class 7A, District 7 battle of winless teams Thursday night.
Turns out it was host Wiregrass Ranch's defense and sputtering offense, which led to Chamberlain's 32-0 win.
"It feels really good because we never quit," Chamberlain coach Joe Severino said. "The good news is that this is a district game."
The Chiefs (1-6, 1-2) relied heavily on Xavier Johnson, who scored four of his team's five touchdowns. The junior running back had a pair of 9-yard scoring runs in the first half, his first capping a 16-play, 89-yard drive on Chamberlain's first possession and the other finishing an eight-play, 75-yard drive.
Johnson, who had 147 rushing yards and 44 additional yards on three receptions, wasted little time finding the end zone after the break, returning the opening kickoff of the second half 87 yards for another touchdown. He added an 11-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter.
"He's a great player," Severino said. "He can run, catch, block, throw; he's a Division I prospect."
Chamberlain quarterback Josh Bennett completed a 17-yard touchdown pass to Carlin Scott to account for the final margin.
Wiregrass Ranch (0-7, 0-3) struggled on both sides of the ball and made matters worse with three turnovers. One bright spot for the Bulls was the running of Eli Galvan, a freshman who gained a team-high 56 yards on nine carries — all in the second half.