LAND O'LAKES — Chris Pierre-Charles scored a 3-yard touchdown on Wesley Chapel's second possession in overtime as the Wildcats beat host Sunlake 27-21 Friday night at Seahawk Stadium.
Moments earlier, Sunlake's possession ended on an incomplete pass on fourth and 3.
"The kids did not give up," said Wesley Chapel coach John Castlemare, who got a 6-yard touchdown on the first overtime possession by Diamon Bagwell. "We told the kids we wanted four quarters."
Actually, it took more than four quarters for the Wildcats to get their first win in Class 3A, District 7.
The Seahawks led 14-6, but with 8:30 left in the fourth quarter, Seahawks quarterback Jacob Jackson (2-of-7, 19 yards) fumbled, and linebacker Jacob Fisher recovered at the Seahawks' 26-yard line. On the next play, running back Jon Mahan (16 carries, 34 yards) took it the rest of the way. Quarterback Keenan Tanner scrambled in with the two-point conversion to tie the game.
The Seahawks missed a 39-yard field-goal attempt with 39 seconds left in the game. They did match Wesley Chapel's first overtime score when Alex Rodriguez ran it in from 3 yards out and converted the point-after.
"Well, we fought, but we just have to grow from this," Sunlake coach Bill Browning said.
For Castlemare, he owes his team some pushups.
"I used a profanity word, and I have to do pushups if I do that."