The Western Wildcats defeated the Cypress Bay Lightning 35-28 in the 2023 FHSAA Football State Championships – 4 M semifinals on Thursday, November 9, at Western High School.
What it is: Florida High School Football Playoff
Matchup: Western vs Cypress Bay
Game Type: 2023 FHSAA Football State Championships – 4 M
Time: Thursday Nov 9, 2023, 7:00 PM (Local Time)
Locations: Davie, FL
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The Wildcats were led by a high-powered offense that featured a number of playmakers. Senior quarterback Fernando Mendoza threw for over 300 yards and three touchdowns, and he had a number of talented receivers to target, including senior wideout Carlos Garcia and junior tight end Juan Martinez. The Wildcats also had a strong running game, led by senior running back Miguel Lopez, who rushed for over 100 yards and two touchdowns.
The Lightning kept things close in the first half, trailing just 14-7 at halftime. However, the Wildcats pulled away in the second half, scoring 21 unanswered points to take a 35-7 lead. The Lightning scored three late touchdowns, but it was too little too late.
The Wildcats defense played well throughout the game, forcing several turnovers. Senior linebacker Pedro Rodriguez and junior safety Carlos Hernandez led the defense with over 10 tackles apiece.
The Wildcats will now advance to the FHSAA Football State Championships – 4 M finals, where they will face the winner of the game between the Norland Vikings and the St. Brendan Sabres.
The Western Wildcats will face the winner of the game between the Norland Vikings and the St. Brendan Sabres in the FHSAA Football State Championships – 4 M finals on Friday, November 17, at a location to be determined.