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Hillsborough Game of the Week: Wharton at Newsome

WHEN: Tonight, 7:30


WHERE: Newsome Stadium, Lithia

Newsome’s defense vs. Wharton QB Chase Litton

Newsome linebacker/running back Ramsey Bennett (288 yards rushing, team-high 48 tackles) leads a contingent of Wolves who play on both sides of the ball. That said, Bennett and the Wolves need to keep Wharton quarterback Chase Litton on the sideline, because when Litton gets the Wildcats’ up-tempo offense cranked up, opponents can tire in a hurry. “Our guys are in good shape,” Newsome coach Ken Hiscock said. “But we can’t afford to let (Litton) get in a groove.”

Wharton’s defense vs. Newsome’s hybrid wing-T

In its history, Newsome’s offense has never looked spectacular, but it has often had spectacular results. Case in point is this season, where Wolves quarterback Spencer Preston has completed 22 of 66 passes for 345 yards and three touchdowns but has guided the Wolves to an average of 25.4 points a game. None of this is lost on Wharton coach David Mitchell, who said, “We have to stay disciplined with our assignments, because Newsome will take advantage of any defensive mistakes.” Keep an eye on Wharton defensive end Antonio Joseph, who could play a key role pursuing off the edge.

History/district outlook

This is the first time Wharton (4-1, 1-0) and Newsome (3-2, 1-0) have played each other, and it comes with huge Class 8A-District 6 implications. The winner will sit atop the district, but both Wharton and Newsome will have perennial powerhouse Plant waiting on their schedules. Wharton also has tough upcoming games against Alonso and Bloomingdale, while Newsome must still face Riverview and Bloomingdale. None of it appears too easy, but today’s Newsome-Wharton clash looks particularly key.

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