TAMPA — Auden Tate missed spring football with a broken ankle and didn’t play in Wharton’s preseason kickoff classic last week.
Chase Litton couldn’t be happier Tate’s back.
The duo hooked up for two first-quarter TDs and the Wildcats defense pitched a shutout as Wharton thumped visiting Spoto.
“(Tate) is 6 foot 4 and runs a 4.6,” Litton said. “I mean, what more could you ask for as a quarterback?”
Wharton, which looked sluggish offensively last week against Gaither, jumped to a 14-0 lead thanks to TD catches of 14 and 18 yards from Tate, who finished with four receptions for 42 yards.
“It was like night and day from spring and last Friday,” Litton said. “We played all four quarters and guys stepped up.”
Litton, a senior who went 13-of-21 for 111 yards, added a 3-yard TD pass to Jeff Keil (12 carries for 69 yards and a rushing TD) and threw for 108 yards by halftime .
Meanwhile, Wharton’s defense was stout. The Wildcats never allowed Spoto past the Wharton 47, recovered a fumble and picked off three passes, including a 26-yard INT return for a TD by Jeremy Jefferson.