The Wharton Tigers gave their fans and all Wharton High School classmates who participate in extra-curricular activities plenty of reason to cheer them on late in a football game – something that has been missing the first two weeks of this young 2020 season following blowout losses to Navasota and Columbia.
The Tigers’ non-district contest against the Bay City Blackcats ended in a 42-31 loss at EJMS on Friday, Sept. 11.
Regardless of their loss and their 0-3 record, the Tigers’ non-district game wasn’t decided until there was less than two minutes to play. WHS threatened with the ball inside the Bay City 20-yard line, but couldn’t get a score and pull to within a touchdown. The Blackcats had the final possession and breathed a sigh of relief when the game ended.
WHS earned 497 yards of total offense, outpacing Bay City’s 422 yards.
It was the James Jones/Sterling Harris Show. Jones had 10 receptions for 251 yards. Harris had 341 passing yards on 19-of-24 completions. Keijon Waddell had 146 rushing yards on 15 carries.
Coach Chad Butler’s WHS team didn’t quit despite falling behind 21-7 in the second quarter.
EBHS beats Boling
If the Boling Bulldogs were going to make a comeback against their former district foes, or pull close to the East Bernard Brahmas, it would have been in the third quarter.
EBHS had a 26-9 lead, but turned the ball over a couple of times. BHS did not capitalize. In fact, no one scored in the third. Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, the Brahmas put up 16 in the fourth to get the 42-9 win.
For BHS’s Jaxson Urbanek, he was in on all of his team’s scores. He booted a 19-yard field goal as BHS trailed 12-3 in the second quarter. Before the half, he threw a pass completion to Jastin Arbing for a 48-yard score.