FALCONS 14 WILDCATS 7

WESLEY CHAPEL – Fivay jumped out to an early 14-0 lead at Wesley Chapel Friday night and its defense made it hold up the rest of the way.

The Falcons found the end zone twice in the first quarter. First came a long reception from Deyante Fowler and a Melvin Rivera run pushed the lead to 14-0.

Fivay’s defense allowed the lead to hold into the break. Wesley Chapel threatened to score three times late in the second quarter, but those drives ended with two turnovers on downs and a blocked field goal.

The Wildcats made it a one-score game midway through the third quarter when senior quarterback Matthew Helms rushed 11 yards and dove into the left pylon.

That’s where the scoring stopped, but Wesley Chapel made things interesting on its final possession. With about 6 minutes remaining, Helms hit Nehemiah Morgan and the junior wideout took off for a 58-yard gain to the Fivay 27.

An offsides penalty would get Wesley Chapel to the Fivay 22, but that’s as close as the Wildcats would get, turning the ball over on downs three plays later.

Three minutes remained on the clock at the time, but Fivay did just enough to make sure Wesley Chapel never got the ball back. The Falcons converted a pair of third-and-long situations during the game-sealing drive. Senior running back De’Sean Maytum went for 10 on third-and-9, then quarterback Shane Hagen sealed up the 14-7 victory with a 20-yard run on third-and-9 with about a minute to go.

Maytum picked up 73 yards on the ground in the second half to help the Falcons hold on.

Fivay went into the victory formation and improved its record to 2-2, bouncing back from last week’s 43-0 home loss against Gaither. The Falcons will look to get above .500 for the first time this season next week in Tampa at Freedom High (0-5).

Wesley Chapel entered the night unbeaten at 3-0 and will try to get back on track with another Pasco County test at River Ridge (3-2).

SCORING:

F - 14 – 0 – 0 – 0 --- 14

WC - 0 – 0 – 7 – 0 --- 7