Wiregrass finds reason for optimism
WESLEY CHAPEL - Victories have been tough to come by for Wiregrass Ranch the past couple of seasons. Consecutive 0-10 campaigns have hindered a Bulls program that three seasons ago won a district title and reached the postseason. Those days seem long ago, but Thursday night might have provided a glimpse that those days could return soon. Wiregrass Ranch edged rival Wesley Chapel 3-0 in one half and defeated Sunlake 7-0 in another half at Wildcat Stadium. Sunlake defeated Wesley Chapel 21-0 in the middle session of the jamboree. “We just wanted to come out with the mindset that we are not the worst team in Pasco County,” Wiregrass Ranch running back John Harris-Scott said. “We just played our hearts out and gave it our all.”Since Wiregrass’ opening, the Bulls have not defeated Wesley Chapel in the regular season or preseason. Bryce Wilson kicked a 32-yard field goal with 5:15 left in the second quarter. In the second half between Sunlake and Wesley Chapel, the Seahawks presented a different style from the previous four seasons. Sunlake stayed primarily on the ground, and projected starting quarterback Esteban LeWallen did not play for personal reasons, Seahawks coach Bill Browning said. Harris-Scott proved to be the difference in the final two quarters between Wiregrass and Sunlake, as the senior-to-be rumbled in from 5 yards out with 10:38 left.