PENSACOLA — West Florida stopped Mosley on four runs after the Dolphins had gained first-and-goal midway through the fourth quarter to hold on for a 22-14 win on Friday night in the District 1-5A football opener for both schools.

The Jaguars improved to 4-0, and more importantly got an early leg up on the district race. Mosley fell to 3-1, 0-1.

The loss was heightened for the Dolphins as they lost starting quarterback Mike Maddox to what was believed to be a lower leg injury, according to head coach Jeremy Brown, late in the first half.

Freshman Liam Byrd quarterbacked Mosley the entire second half. He led the Dolphins

downfield with the third-quarter kickoff. Darien Ganzy had a 50-yard run and John Miller capped the possession by scoring from the 3.

Despite Mosley’s defense shutting out West Florida during the second half the Dolphins couldn’t force overtime with a touchdown and two-point conversion. They came close on a high punt snap in the fourth quarter that Mosley recovered inside the Jaguars’ 5.

“We didn’t capitalize, it was just one of those things,” Brown said. “They knew we had a young quarterback in there and weren’t going to throw it and they loaded the box on us.”

West Florida opened the scoring by driving to a field goal on the initial possession. Mosley’s first series went 80 yards and Ganzy scored on a 15-yard run.

Mosley was missing place-kicker/punter Connor Cunningham, but Brown said that Ben Pehr, recruited this week because of his soccer background was an able replacement.

“Connor does a phenomenal job, but Ben Pehr did a great job for us,” Brown said. “He was two of two on extra points and had three really good punts.”

West Florida led 22-7 at halftime.

“In the first half (West Florida) did a good job with some inside zone plays,” Brown said. “Our defensive staff made some adjustments on the defensive line in the second half and we pretty much shut them down. They never threatened.”

Miller rushed 23 times for 117 yards and Ganzy had 12-101. Brown said that the Dolphins had two long runs called back by penalty in the second half.

“That not only killed drives, but kept us from being able to flip the field,” Brown said. “But it was a great team effort that gave us a chance to tie the game and possibly win it.

“We’ve just got to bounce back and play a 6A opponent next week, and Fort Walton Beach is playing really good right now.”