After a bruising and sluggish four quarters of penalties, trash talking, injuries and ejections, Gaither left Wesley Chapel with a victory.
"It was a battle," Gaither coach Mark Kantor said. "They were fighting for their playoff lives and they played hard."
Both teams made plenty of mistakes; they combined for 260 yards on 30 penalties, including five personal fouls and the ejection of a Wesley Chapel lineman.
The Wildcats (3-5, 0-2) trailed 26-7 at halftime. Wesley Chapel outscored Gaither (4-4, 2-0) 15-6 in the second half, but it wasn't enough. The Cowboys were able to hold off the Wildcats despite Jarvis Giles' presence on the bench during the second half.
Giles took a monstrous hit in the end zone in the second quarter and was pulled from the game..