WESLEY CHAPEL — Davion Sutton solidified his status as a first-year starter Friday night with 190 rushing yards and four touchdowns in leading Fivay to a 28-7 win over host Wesley Chapel (1-3, 0-2) in a Class 5A, District 6 matchup.
The Falcons showed plenty of balance as well, with quarterback Tyler Degen passing for 112 yards and a ballhawking defense that forced four turnovers (three interceptions and a fumble recovery).
"For us to be able to throw the ball you've got to be able to run the ball," Fivay coach Chris Taylor said. "You've got to have balance."
Fivay (3-1, 2-0) struck quickly for a 14-0 lead on Sutton's first two touchdowns. On the game's opening drive, the junior tailback gained 45 yards on a seven-play drive finished off by his 3-yard run. Cameron Coleman then intercepted quarterback Troy Cothran — the starter in place of Ty Tanner who was sidelined because of a concussion last week — to set up Sutton's 9-yard scoring run.
Momentum swung in the Wildcats' favor late in the second quarter with Mark LaBarbera's 53-yard punt return setting up Wesley Chapel's lone score. Cothran, who passed for 81 yards and was picked off three times, completed a 7-yard touchdown pass to Chris Ayers to make it a 13-7 game at halftime.
In the second half, Fivay's Alec Molnar and Willis Reeves thwarted drives with interceptions with Sutton adding two touchdown runs.
"We just kept shooting ourselves in the foot," said Wesley Chapel coach Ben Alford, noting his team is minus-14 in turnover ratio for the season.