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Football: Wharton 27, King 7

TAMPA — It didn't take long for Wharton's Vernon Hargreaves, the consensus No. 1 defensive back recruit in the country, to make an impact on both sides of the ball.

The Florida oral commitment caught a 25-yard touchdown then a few minutes later returned an interception 30 yards for a score.

King responded with a 70-yard drive to start the third, capped by a 25-yard touchdown run by junior Donnell Taylor.

But Wharton struck back near the end of the third on an 11-yard touchdown run by senior KJ Hopkins, his first of two touchdowns in the second half. Unable to play for the past two years, Hopkins is eager to make a big impact.

"I want to do everything I can to help make our team successful this year," he said.

Hargreaves added an acrobatic interception late and returned it for a touchdown. But it was called back because of a penalty.

Mike McCollum, Times correspondent

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