The Wharton Tigers’ (0-2) non-district schedule won’t get easier when they take on the new and improved Bay City Blackcats (2-0) at Eddie Joseph Memorial Stadium Friday, Sept. 11.

Wharton in week two, dropped its second game of the year in a 52-7 rout during a home opener to the West Columbia Roughnecks, who improved their record to 1-1. The Tigers’ defense had a tough time with the Roughnecks’ offense as they piled up 500-plus yards, including 433 yards on the ground.

Bay City might not be a run-heavy offense like West Columbia, but so far this season under a new head coach, it has utilized the run and pass effectively, gaining yards in chunks.

The Blackcats this year are averaging 114 yards a game through the air and 273 yards on the ground. Most of the offense is coming from first-year senior quarterback Avery Smith who’s accounted for seven of Bay City’s eight touchdowns.

Offensively, the Tigers haven’t found a rhythm yet with only three touchdowns in their first two games.

First-year starting quarterback senior Sterling Harris is getting good yardage through the air, when he completes passes. Through two games, Harris is averaging almost 16 yards a completion (15.7 yards).

Bay City’s defense this year is allowing just under two touchdowns, giving up 13 points a game. The Blackcats’ defense has been aggressive. Seniors Trent Monroe and Kyadrain Green have combined for 10 tackles for loss.

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