The Wharton Tigers got on the scoreboard for the first time this football season, but the defense continues to have trouble stopping opposing offenses as the young team lost Friday, 56-6, to Columbia.
The Tigers (0-2) scored their touchdown off the special team during a spectacular kickoff return by junior Raymond Hudson.
The kickoff came after Columbia had its fifth offensive score. Hudson eluded tacklers for a 91-yard return at the 4:39 mark of the second quarter.
Among some of the other Wharton highlights were sophomore defensive end Jaime Ramos’ sack of Columbia quarterback Tate Thrasher. Sophomore linebacker Jeremy Griggs also had a fumble recovery.
Offensively, Hudson had 22 carries for 62 yards. Tigers sophomore quarterback Angell Gaona was 5-of-13 for 13 yards. Junior Da’Treon Norman had 3 receptions for 23 yards.
On the Columbia (2-0 record) side of things, Thrasher earned 101 yards through the air on 5-of-10 passing. He had his lone touchdown pass to Xavier Butler for 60 yards.
It was the running game that garnered 389 total yards that gave the Wharton defense fits.
The Roughnecks’ Jordan Woodard led all rushers with 160 yards on 9 carries. He scored twice, as did teammate Jourdan Concepcion.
The game, which was scheduled to begin at 7 p.m., was delayed due to inclement weather.
Wharton continues its non-district schedule next Friday when it plays at Bay City. Game time is 7:30 p.m.
Matthew Watkins provided statistical information for this story.