HUDSON — Fivay took advantage of a crucial penalty to hold off Wesley Chapel 23-14 Friday night.
With the Falcons leading by two late in the game, the Wildcats' defense thought it had intercepted Fivay quarterback Tyler Degen but was called for roughing the passer on third and 12.
Three plays later Degen threw his third touchdown of the game to seal the win.
The Falcons (3-1) shook off an early turnover and with about five minutes remaining in the first quarter, Degen found Kevin Faulkner for a 27-yard score.
The defense shut down Wesley Chapel (2-2) once again, and Fivay got the ball back with just more than two remaining. But after a three-and-out by the Falcons, the Wildcats fumbled the punt and the Falcons recovered on the Wesley Chapel 35.
Two plays later, Degen threw a 23-yard touchdown to James Bullock and the Falcons took a 14-0 lead.
The turnovers continued for Wesley Chapel in the second half. The Wildcats finished the night with lost three fumbles.
But Wesley Chapel's offense finally showed signs of life late in the third quarter on a 71-yard drive, capped by a 38-yard rushing touchdown by Keegan Tanner. A two-point conversion cut the deficit to 16-8.
The Wildcats got within two midway through the fourth quarter after Devin Piper's 4-yard touchdown run.