After honoring the Class of 2020 for football, athletic training, band, color guard, cheerleading, and JROTC, the Mustangs took to their home field for the last time of the 2019 regular season. The Eagles opened strong on their first drive, but the Mustang defense made the stop inside the red zone, and Antwon Johnson blocked the field goal attempt to keep South Lake scoreless.
The Mustangs' first drive would prove more fruitful, after several Chad Davis carries were capped by a 31-yard breakaway that set up a 12-yard QB keep touchdown by Larry Preston to put Wekiva on the board 7-0.
The Mustang defense stymied the next Eagle drive with a three-and-out effort to force a punt as time expired on the first quarter, but the Mustangs committed their only turnover of the night on the ensuing possession as the Eagles picked up a fumble.
The Eagles then put together a quality drive, getting all the way to the end zone before once again being thwarted, this time by an interception courtesy of Azion Scott in the end zone.
The string of turnovers continued with the Mustangs this time losing the ball to an interception by Eagles quarterback Troy Shirley (who seems to also moonlight as a safety). But time expired on the first half as the interception occurred, so no harm was done to the Mustang cause.
The Eagles attempted to start the second half with an onside kick, but Malik Carter was ready and secured excellent field position for Wekiva. The Mustangs then went on a hot streak, scoring on all four of their possessions in the third quarter. Cedric Blair also added to the Mustang score on defense, sacking Shirley in his own end zone for a safety. By the end of the third quarter, the Mustangs were up 30-0.
After a fumble recovery by Johnny Chaney to open the fourth quarter, the Mustangs scored on the second play of the drive with a 15-yard completion from Preston to Harleeontai Reed to make it 36-0 and start a running clock. With the modified timing rules in effect, each team had time for just one more possession, neither of which changed the score.
The Mustangs improve to 7-2 overall and 2-1 in the district with the victory. The win also secures a District Runner-Up trophy for Wekiva, though with the new RPI playoff system, being a District Runner-Up no longer guarantees a playoff berth. However, Wekiva is overall positioned well with an RPI of .631 to likely earn a wildcard spot in 7A Region 1.
Wekiva's next and last game of the regular season will be the Mayor's Cup at crosstown rival Apopka High School Friday, November 1 at 7:00 pm. Presale tickets are available from GoFan (see link in schedule), or during lunch all week, or from the front office. While Apopka is no longer a district opponent, the pride of the Mayor's Cup is still on the line as well as precious RPI points that could impact the Mustangs' postseason prospects.