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Wharton: Spring football capsule

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Wharton

Coach: David Mitchell (fourth season, 23-10)

Last season: 5-6

District: 5A-5 (Gaither, Mitchell, Wesley Chapel)

Key losses: LB Xavier Fareed, OL Alonso Jones, LB Joshua Powell, TE Andreas Shields, WR/DB Dominique White

Who's back: OL Chase Boswell, QB Andrew Clifford, WR Brent Holloway, DB Jairus Jones, DL Ricky Noel, DL Blake Nold, LB Chris Oliver, OL Hunter Stout, WR Khiry White

What's new: The offense. An I-formation team in recent seasons, Wharton will use various sets this fall in an effort to become a more balanced squad. Clifford has a lot to do with this switch. The 6-foot-3, 200-pound signal caller, a likely Division I-A prospect, has a strong, accurate arm, not to mention a considerable amount of poise. It helps that he will work with a solid group of receivers and will operate behind a veteran line that includes Stout, another probable I-A player. If all goes as planned, Clifford should easily surpass his 2007 numbers (about 1,500 passing yards). Defensively, the Wildcats will be young but not without talent. Jones, who counts LSU among his various scholarship offers, leads the way.

Audible: "We're so young. We're trying to find our groove, really. We've got to get used to playing with each other. We have to grow together as the season goes on." — Mitchell

Did you know? Mitchell played at Yankton College (S.D.), the same school NFL legend Lyle Alzado attended. The college closed in the mid-1980s.

Spring result Lost 14-13 to Tampa Bay Tech

2008 schedule

Aug. 29 at Plant (classic)

Sept. 5 vs. Freedom

Sept. 12 at Armwood

Sept. 19 vs. East Bay

Sept. 26 vs. Sickles

Oct. 3 at Plant City

Oct. 10 vs. Wesley Chapel

Oct. 16 at Middleton

Oct. 24 at Mitchell

Oct. 31 at Riverview

Nov. 7 vs. Gaither

Keith Niebuhr, Times staff writer

Wharton: Spring football capsule 06/17/08 [Last modified: Thursday, June 19, 2008 9:58am]
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