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Football: Wharton 49, Bloomingdale 24

TAMPA — Wharton scored 36 points in the second half on its way to a victory in which the teams combined for more than 1,000 yards of offense.

The win kept the Wildcats (4-4, 1-1 Class 8A, District 6) in contention for a playoff berth and eliminated the Bulls (4-4, 0-2).

Running backs Darius Page (Wharton) and Eugene Baker (Bloomingdale) handled all of the first-half scoring with two touchdowns each. Overall, Page had 251 yards and three touchdowns, Baker 169 yards and two scores.

But Wharton made more plays during the second half, storming back from a 14-13 deficit. Chase Litton threw third-quarter touchdown passes to Nyere Thompson and Jaylen Dinard and finished the game with 258 yards and the two touchdowns.

Page, Vernon Hargreaves and Deon Samson ran for fourth-quarter touchdowns for the Wildcats.

Wharton intercepted Bloomingdale's Cody Crouse (who passed for 272 yards) and stopped the Bulls on downs twice in the fourth.

Rod Gipson, Times correspondent

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Football: Wharton 49, Bloomingdale 24 10/20/11 [Last modified: Thursday, October 20, 2011 11:59pm]
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