The Wharton Tigers looked very impressive for a second consecutive game on offense. Sterling Harris is playing a command performance as quarterback for the Tigers, and the running game led by Keijon Waddell is a serious threat for opposing defense. The only drawback for WHS is the defense that has allowed its foes to score more points.
Against the El Campo Ricebirds on Friday, Sept. 18 on the road, it happened again.
El Campo defeated Wharton by a 55-35 score.
WHS gained nearly 400 yards of offense. El Campo, however, had more scores.
Wharton opened the game with the first score on a Brenden Thompson 17-yard fumble return. Joshua Rivas’ point after attempt gave WHS a 7-0 lead. ECHS made up for it twice in the same quarter, scoring on runs of 22 and 33 yards.
When the Tigers scored again, this time on offense, the Ricebirds had a 28-7 lead with less than six minutes before halftime.
Much like their other non-district game last week against Bay city, the Tigers didn’t let their opponent get too comfortable.
Harris threw a 60-yard strike to receiver Eric Johnson. Rivas connected on his PAT for a 28-14 deficit.
The Tigers’ James Jones recovered the second fumble of the game for a score in the third quarter. He scampered 45 yards to the end zone. Rivas connected on his third PAT.
ECHS would go on to score twice more on runs of 62 and 8 yards for a 42-21 cushion.
Wharton’s fabulous duo of Harris and Jones gave the Tigers fans something to cheer about. Harris threw 51- and a 28-yard passes to Jones in the third and fourth quarters.
Rivas was 5-of-5 on his point after attempts.
Unlike 2018, WHS was not able to spoil ECHS’s Homecoming. The Tigers won that year 27-21.