The Wildcats got off to a rough start, going three and out on their opening drive before having the punt blocked by senior linebacker Jerard Wesley and returned for a Mustang touchdown by senior linebacker Anton Wynn. That gave Wekiva a 7-0 lead before the offense had even run their first play. The Wildcats then traded three-and-out drives with the Mustangs before they finally caught a break with back-to-back first downs including a 58-yard run from Jordan Pouncey, setting up a 1-yard punch-in from quarterback Cameron LeGree. The drive tied the score at 7-7 but would be the first and last points the Wildcats put on the board all night.
The Mustangs were not done with first quarter scoring, though, as senior quarterback Trey McGee hit senior wide receiver Wesly Touze for a 31-yard completion to get the ball to the 25 yard line. On the very next play, senior running back Jaylon Fair carried it 22 yards to set up his own 3-yard touchdown run and put Wekiva back on top 14-7 with less than a minute left in the quarter.
The Wildcats ended a quarter of mostly bad news with a fumble on their third play of the drive to set the Mustangs up with excellent field position to start the second quarter; however, Wekiva was unable to take advantage and traded punts with the Wildcats. The next drive proved more fruitful, capped off by a 17-yard touchdown run by Fair, giving the Mustangs a 21-7 lead. Winter Park’s offensive woes continued on their next drive as Wesley forced a fumble for the Mustangs and tallied another turnover for the Wildcats.
Another exchange of punts made it look like this was how the half would end, and with a 14-point lead and under a minute left in the second quarter, the safer decision might have been to take a knee or at least stick to conservative running plays. But the Mustangs went bold on homecoming night with back-to-back first down completions to junior wide receiver Brandon Williams and Touze. McGee tried unsuccessfully to hit Touze again in the end zone, but the Mustangs picked up a pass interference penalty in their favor to set up Fair for his third rushing touchdown of the night, and Wekiva went into the locker rooms with a 28-7 advantage.
Halftime was also eventful for the Mustangs as they presented their tenth anniversary homecoming court and crowned Gyebi and Jones as royalty.
The Mustangs opened the second half with a three-and-out drive, and the Wildcats fared no better. But sensing pressure to get some points on the board before it was too late, they attempted a fourth down conversion that didn’t happen, setting up Wekiva with good field position. Fair was able to find a hole in the defense on the second play of the ensuing drive, carrying the ball 27 yards for Wekiva’s final touchdown of the evening to make it a 35-7 game. Junior kicker Oscar Salazar was perfect on the evening with all five extra points.
The Wildcat offense continued to struggle with one punt, two failed fourth down conversions, and an interception courtesy of junior defensive back Tyler Shepherd. Meanwhile, the Mustangs switched to a clock management offense concerned more with consuming time than making significant yardage, which proved an effective strategy in the closing minutes of the game.
McGee completed four of seven passes for 62 yards, 42 of which went to Touze. The rushing offense was led by Jaylon Fair with 18 carries for 116 yards and four touchdowns. McGee also earned 34 yards of his own on the ground with quarterback keeper plays.
The Mustangs improve to 3-2 with the win as they prepare to hit the road for their first district contest of the 2016 season at Evans next Friday, September 30 at 7:00 pm.