DADE CITY — Pasco coach Tom McHugh spent eight seasons as a Wesley Chapel assistant. Wesley Chapel coach Ben Alford is an ex-Pasco quarterback.
But none of that nostalgia affected the outcome Friday as Pasco continued its season-long dominance with a 57-12 win.
Pasco (6-0, 3-0) remained in front in Class 5A, District 6 with Wesley Chapel (2-3, 0-3) all but falling out of the race.
There was no mistaking how much was at stake, the teams combining for 235 penalty yards (165 against Pasco).
"Sometimes, when your blood's up, your blood's up," McHugh said.
Jacob Guy led Pasco's high-powered offense by passing for 190 yards and three touchdowns.
Janarion Grant returned a kickoff 78 yards for a touchdown, ran for 48 yards and caught two passes for 49 yards, including a 34-yard touchdown.
David Emmanuel also had two touchdowns, scoring on runs of 2 and 9 yards.
The game was close early. Quarterback Keegan Tanner staked the Wildcats to a 6-0 lead on a 9-yard keeper up the middle, and Devin Piper's 15-yard run put them up 12-7 before Pasco went ahead for good on Guy's 64-yard pass to Trey Dudley-Giles.
Casey Melton blocked a punt and fell on it in the end zone to give the Pirates a 21-12 lead. And J.D. Edwards ran back the second-half kickoff 50 yards for a touchdown.