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Wharton: Season preview

A-listers Andrew Clifford

The senior quarterback is one of the better passers in Tampa. Clifford threw for 1,471 yards and 10 touchdowns a year ago. He has prototypical size at 6-3, 210 pounds and is getting looks from schools such as UCF and UAB.

Jairus Jones

Jones does it all for the Wildcats. The hard-hitting strong safety also sees time at tailback and returns kicks and punts. Jones has been offered scholarships from powerhouses such as Ohio State and LSU.

Hunter Stout

Stout is a two-year starter and protects Clifford's blind side from the left tackle position.

Rising star Kyle Wilcox

The sophomore will see time at running back and fullback. Wilcox is a workout warrior who impressed at the JV level last season. He showed promise and scored a touchdown in the spring game against Tampa Bay Tech.

Stunt man Chase Boswell

Guy who does the dirty work

The senior is one of the hardest-working players on the team and could start at right guard and inside linebacker.

Cutting-room floor

Three things the Wildcats need to avoid

1. Turnovers. Wharton did a good job of protecting the ball last season and must do so again this year to compete for the district title along with Gaither.

2. Complacency. Coach David Mitchell fears his team might settle too much and not play up to its potential as it did at times last season.

3. Injuries. The Wildcats can't afford any major injuries this season since they will have a lot of players going both ways.

Review

"Wharton will be well-disciplined, tough and physical in all phases of the game." — Gaither coach Mark Kantor

Justin Dargahi, Times correspondent

Coach: David Mitchell (fourth season, 23-10) | Last season: 5-6 | Class: 5A, District 5 | Colors: Navy and white

Wharton: Season preview 09/04/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 2, 2010 3:48pm]
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