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Fri. September 20, 2013 | Rod Gipson

TAMPA — Wharton quarterback Chase Litton could do little wrong in his team’s district opener, throwing for 285 yards and two touchdowns as the Wildcats cruised to 41-14 over Riverview.

Litton’s second pass of the night was a 7-yard scoring pass to Austin Tolley. He finished 23-of-36 passing and added a scoring run.

Trailing 14-0 in the second quarter, Riverview (1-2, 0-1) capitalized on Litton’s one mistake, dropping a snap as he prepared to punt. The Sharks took over deep in Wildcats’ territory and got a short scoring run from Fred McCoy.

But Wharton (3-1, 1-0) struck right back with an 80-yard drive that ended with Litton’s 1-yard TD run as the half ended to permanently take control of the contest.

Wharton wide receivers Auden Tate (10 catches, 109 yards, one TD) and Tolley (six catches, 103 yards, one TD) were practically unstoppable as the Wharton offense gained yards in chunks.

The Sharks  struggled with miscues: three fumbles and an interception returned for a touchdown.

“We had an all-around great game,” Litton said. “On offense, defense and special teams. But our offense was really good tonight. I feel like we have the best wide receivers in the county. If we keep that up, we’ll be just fine.”

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