WESLEY CHAPEL — Wesley Chapel defeated St. Petersburg Catholic 26-14 Friday night in a game that frustrated both teams' run attacks.
Wesley Chapel opened the game with a failed onside kick, but was able to keep the Barons off the scoreboard on an extended opening drive that saw St. Petersburg Catholic gain three first downs.
The Barons opened scoring with a 30-yard fumble recovery, which was longer than all but one offensive play all game.
Stifled by a stingy Wesley Chapel defense, the Barons (0-2) ran for a total of 3 yards on 30 rushes. Quarterback Jack Sheehan was sacked five times for 26 yards.
Wesley Chapel (2-0) had trouble on the ground as well, but succeeded with a few big passing plays and strong defense.
The Wildcats gained just 57 yards rushing with a 1-yard touchdown by Devin Piper. Sasha Mentor impressed with his 80-yard touchdown from Keegan Tanner, who went 8-for-19 for 213 yards and another touchdown.
The game changer was a fake punt pass by kicker Ty Tanner to Robert Jota for a 51-yard touchdown that put the Wildcats up by two touchdowns early in the second half.