ZEPHYRHILLS – The packed house saw a red-hot Doug Crawford throw for 220 yards and four touchdowns, three to Jaquan Sheppard for a 48-0 Homecoming win. Since taking over the starting role Crawford has completed 77 percent of his passes in six games as quarterback, with 15 touchdowns to just one interception. He found Sheppard on a 7-yard slant for the first score just three minutes into the game to cap a 65-yard drive.
Mobley followed with a pick and runback to the 34 to set up Zyre Roundtree’s 9-yard TD run with 8 minutes left in the half.
Then came the critical sequence for Chapel. The Wildcats got big catches from tight end Steve Mira and Kye Santiago to get inside the 25 but dropped a sure touchdown. Fletcher Martin’s 43-yard field-goal attempt was blocked by Ja’varrius Wilson, who had already recorded a 10-yard sack.
From that point Crawford, got hot. He completed all five of his attempts for 70 yards on a drive that lasted just 1:14, and with 29 seconds left in the half, found an uncovered Sheppard for a 28-yard score.
Zephyrhills held Wesley Chapel to fewer than 30 yards until a Kris Chandler 30-yard run in the final minute. The Wildcat senior finished with 56 yards on six carries and made some big tackles at linebacker. Chapel quarterback Tyler Wittish went 8-of-20 for 50 yards but was hindered by three drops.
For the cheery on top of the cake, Mobley set a new school record for a pick-six, previously held by assistant coach Bryan Thomas, with a 104-yard interception return.
Zephyrhills ended with 386 yards, with Roundtree running for 49 as part of the Bulldogs’ 166 total. Sheppard caught four passes for 117 yards while Mobley had 37 himself on two receptions, to go with 55 on the ground.
With the win the Bulldogs wrapped up the 5A, district title and assured themselves of a home game to open the regional playoffs that begin in just three weeks.