WESLEY CHAPEL — Before Friday's game against crosstown rival Wiregrass Ranch, Wesley Chapel coach Ben Alford told his team, "The only way we lose this game is if we beat ourselves."
Early on, it looked as if that might be the case with the host Bulls took an early lead, in part, because of two Wildcat fumbles.
Wesley Chapel overcame that second-quarter deficit by scoring 30 consecutive points for a 30-6 win that extended its dominance over Wiregrass Ranch to 6-0. The Bulls, winless last season, have lost 12 straight overall.
Nonetheless, Alford preferred to focus on his team's character rather than talk about a winning streak over the Bulls.
"We don't buy into streaks," said the third-year coach and former Pasco quarterback. "They fought back and our defense played tremendous."
That word could also describe the running of Daquan Caesar, who had a career game with 167 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 34 carries. The back also fumbled twice, one of which led to Wiregrass Ranch's score.
"He's good, and the guys up front did an excellent job," Alford said.
Sophomore quarterback Shane Bucenell passed for 102 yards and the Bulls' touchdown, a 27-yard strike to Ryan Shea in the right corner of the end zone for a 6-0 lead.
Caesar scored on a 10-yard run, the first of his two touchdowns, and John Leon kicked the extra point in the second half to give the Wildcats the lead for good.
Josias Vizcano returned a fumble 44 yards for a touchdown, and the Wildcats added a safety and touchdown runs by Caesar and Nathan Love.