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Football: Wharton 18, Blake 6

TAMPA — Darius Page carried 26 times for 146 yards, his fifth 100-plus-yard performance of the season, and Wharton beat Blake 18-6 on Friday.

After recovering a fumble by Blake's DeAndre James late in the first quarter, the host Wildcats scored on a 6-yard run by Vernon Hargraves and Page.

Wharton scored its final touchdown on a 50-yard interception return by John Tyler late in the third to extend its lead to 18-0.

"It is all about discipline," Wharton coach David Mitchell said. "It is all about staying focused on the here and now instead of what's going to happen in the future. Now this is over with and now we have a lot of work to do to get ready for Alonso. If we had played them tonight, it would have been a long night."

Blake's lone score came late, but the Yellow Jackets threatened two other times on drives backed by junior quarterback Zain Gilmore, who threw for 184 yards with two interceptions.

"We have to play better than that," Mitchell said. "We couldn't contain that quarterback. … He really was a big threat and that kind of exposed our defense."

By Allie Davison, Times correspondent


Football: Wharton 18, Blake 6 10/28/11 [Last modified: Friday, October 28, 2011 11:58pm]
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