TAMPA — Quarterback Chase Litton threw for 153 of his 244 yards in the second half and three touchdowns to lead Wharton to a 37-7 win at Chamberlain. Litton, a junior, completed 14 of 25 passes, with two of his three scoring passes coming in the fourth quarter.
As efficient as the Wharton quarterback was, it was the Wildcat defense that continually set up the offense.
Wharton (3-0) forced three turnovers, two during the opening two Chamberlain drives. Wharton completed a 9-yard drive with a 1-yard Litton run and followed that on the next Chamberlain drive with a 60-yard fumble return for a touchdown by linebacker Rocky Enos. Litton ended the half with a touchdown to Vernon Hargreaves and added scoring strikes to Deon Sampson (23 yards) and Keith Hopkins (12) in the final quarter.
Chamberlain ran the ball well, amassing 215 yards. But the Chiefs (1-1) were plagued by turnovers and miscues that ended drives. Standout Chiefs running back Xavier Johnson led the team with 109 yards. The Chiefs avoided the shutout with a fourth-quarter touchdown on a 27-yard run from Ronnie Scott.