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Freedom 16, Wharton 7

TAMPA — Freedom scored all its points in the first half, but that was all the Patriots needed to beat division foe Wharton and keep the Wildcats from a playoff berth.

"This was definitely a statement win for us," Freedom coach James Harrell said. "Hopefully down the road, if we (continue) winning, good things will happen," he said.

Freedom (4-2, 1-1) scored first on an 8-yard run by Keith Lewis in the first quarter. Wharton (2-5, 1-1) answered on its next possession with a 4-yard rushing touchdown by Malik Williams to tie the game at 7.

Freedom took it from there.

The Patriots' T.J. Mutcherson returned the ensuing kickoff 73 yards for a score.

Freedom's Tyler Guy went 5 of 9 for 97 yards while rushing for 25 yards. Mutcherson had three catches for 80 yards.

Ben Keller, Times correspondent

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