WESLEY CHAPEL — Land O'Lakes held on to beat Wesley Chapel 24-13 Friday night in a defensive battle.
The Gators (4-6 2-5) defense was the first to make a big play. After the offense produced nothing on the first drive, cornerback Eddie Schiffer picked off Jordan Primus' pass at midfield and took it to the house for the 7-0 lead.
The Wildcats (3-7 2-5) answered on the next drive after changing to more of a ground attack when Ty Tanner took it up the right sideline for the 22-yard score.
In the second quarter, Primus threw another interception, with Larenz Scroggins coming up with the ball. Land O'Lakes converted the turnover into points — a 28-yard field goal — and had a three-point lead at the half.
Less than a minute into the fourth quarter, Land O'Lakes extended its lead to 10 when Austin McGuire scored on a 1-yard run. With just over two minutes to go in the game, the Wildcats' third quarterback of the night — Xavier Toro — connected with Jose Perez for the 13-yard score.
The Wildcats defense stopped the Gators on a fourth and goal from the 5. Two plays later, the Gators defense collapsed on Toro as he fumbled in the end zone. Darius Wells came up with the ball and the touchdown to seal the win for Land O'Lakes.