A Friday after having 70 points scored on them, the Wharton Tigers get a chance to forget about the game and respond on the gridiron once again.
The Tigers (0-4) will play the Stafford Spartans (1-3) this Friday night on the road, the final non-district game of the year for both teams.
The Spartans picked up their first win against the Sealy Tigers, who are in Wharton’s district.
Wharton fell in a lopsided loss to the Spartans 45-14 last season. Stafford came on and shocked the Tigers. Stafford led 38-0 before Wharton was able to get on the scoreboard.
Wharton gave up a lot of late scores to El Campo last week. However, after a score to start the third quarter, Wharton trailed seven points.
As the game wore on, El Campo took advantage of a fatigued Wharton defense. The Ricebirds scored six unanswered touchdowns to close the night. The Tigers are allowing 49 points per game this season.
Wharton won’t see the same rushing attack that El Campo used when the defenders face off against Stafford.
The Stafford offense this year is averaging 25 points per game.
Stafford junior quarterback Brayden Batiste is a dual-threat at almost 500 yards between rushing and passing. Spartan sophomore running back Jamaal Wiley has the most carries and yards on the team, gaining five yards an attempt this year.
The Spartans defense this year is allowing 9.25 points. Wharton last Friday, broke out for their first multi-touchdown game of the year.
Tiger junior running back Raymond Hudson had 124 yards and gained 7.3 yards per rush last week. If Wharton goes to the air the Tigers will need to be careful, as Stafford picked off three Sealy passes.