TAMPA — After playing to a draw for almost the entire first half, Wharton used a touchdown late in the second quarter to seize momentum before pulling away for a 28-7 win over Freedom.
The game was scoreless with a minute to go in the half when Wildcat sophomore quarterback Chase Litton found Vernon Hargreaves on a 50-yard go route down to the Patriots 1-yard line. After a holding penalty, Litton scored on a keeper from 10 yards to open the scoring.
Workhorse running back Darius Page scored on a 19-yard run midway through the third quarter for Wharton (2-5) before Hargreaves added a touchdown catch on the first play of the fourth to put the game out of reach.
Hargreaves, a junior defensive back, also added a sack and an interception.
Freedom (1-6) only managed 188 yards of total offense.
"We have yet to put two halves together," Wildcats coach David Mitchell said. "But a win is a win and we will take it any day of the week."
Page finished with 152 yards on 25 carries.
Justin Dargahi, Times correspondent