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Football preview: Wharton


Published:   |   Updated: August 28, 2013 at 02:16 AM

Highly-touted QB Litton leads Wildcats

Senior Chase Litton enters the 2013 season as the top-rated quarterback in the Tampa Bay area. A consensus three-star prospect, the list of college programs to offer a scholarship includes LSU, South Florida, Marshall, Western Kentucky and Western Michigan.

Litton ended the 2012 football season as the top passer in Hillsborough County and the state’s No. 3-ranked quarterback for passing yards after he completed 181 of 310 attempts for 2,732 yards and 23 touchdowns. He led the Wildcats to an 8-3 record and appearance in the Class 8A region quarterfinals, where he was nearly unstoppable against Orlando Dr. Phillips, throwing for 404 yards and two touchdowns in a loss.

“His arm is a weapon,” Wharton senior defensive end Antonio Joseph said. “That’s his deadliest tool. He’s able to get rid of the ball and he can put it wherever he needs to.”

Earlier this summer, Litton led Team Tampa, a club team comprised of the top high school skill players in the area, to a national title at the IMG national 7-on-7 tournament in Bradenton.

“He has a strong arm,” Wharton coach David Mitchell said. “He’s 6-6 and he can see over the linemen.”

SUPPLY

Defensive lineman

At first glimpse, Antonio Joseph resembles a tight end or muscular receiver, but truth be told, at 6-foot-4, 195 pounds, he’s a standout defensive end with Division I offers.

Last season, Joseph registered 66 tackles with a team-high 4.5 sacks. Not only is he able to pressure the quarterback off the edge with his speed, but in a 3-4 formation, can also play outside linebacker.

“He’s a dark horse,” Wharton coach David Mitchell said. “You don’t see the future, but he’ll be that guy.”

Running back

Jeff Keil complemented Wharton’s passing attack last season with 701 rushing yards and eight touchdowns on 132 carries. Against Alonso in the latter part of the season, he rushed for a career-high 161 yards with three touchdowns. As a receiver, he caught 28 passes for 425 yards.

“To me (Keil) is one of the best running backs we’ve ever had,” Wharton senior quarterback Chase Litton said.

Versatility

Junior D’Vonte Williams has the ability to play several positions. Williams, in his first year on varsity, will play safety and receiver and also on special teams.

As a sophomore, Auden Tate caught 27 passes for 401 yards with two touchdowns. Tate will be one of Litton’s targets this season, along with Ozzie Williams, a newcomer who can also play in the secondary.

DEMAND

Offensive line

The Wildcats return one starting offensive lineman from last season in senior Kegan Goulding. Protecting Litton and establishing a running game with Keil is key for the Wildcats this season, so Mitchell is hoping the offensive line develops quickly.

“We’re young with nice size,” Mitchell said.

Schedule

Aug. 30: Spoto

Sept. 6: at Plant City

Sept. 12: at Freedom

Sept. 20: Riverview

Sept. 27: East Bay

Oct. 4: at Newsome

Oct. 11: at Steinbrenner

Oct. 18: Alonso

Oct. 25: Plant

Nov. 1: at Bloomingdale

Roster

No. Player Pos. Ht. Wt. Yr.2 Sean McNamee LB 6-1 175 Jr.

3 Demarcus Loyla QB/WR 5-9 155 Jr.

4 Mike Mola WR/RB 5-8 150 Sr.

5 Jeffery Keil LB/RB 5-9 185 Sr.

6 Miguel Hernandez DB 5-7 125 So.

7 Antonio Joseph LB/DE 6-5 200 Sr.

8 Javonte Hayes LB 5-11 195 Jr.

9 Daniel Ibsen DL/TE 6-2 220 Sr.

10 Bryce Martin QB 6-0 150 So.

11 Loubert Resume WR 5-8 155 Sr.

12 Norsalus Jackson WR 5-7 155 Jr.

13 Mike Myers LB 6-0 215 Sr.

14 Chase Litton QB 6-6 200 Sr.

15 Tristen Spearringer K/WR 5-10 155 Jr.

16 Theo Hyppolite DB 6-0 180 Jr.

17 Tyler Owens WR 6-1 155 Sr.

18 Auden Tate WR/TE 6-4 185 Jr.

20 C.J Potter DB 5-9 160 Jr.

21 Ralph Brunache DB 5-11 145 So.

22 Jermey Jefferson DB 5-10 175 Sr.

23 Austin Tolley WR 5-11 175 Sr.

25 Miles Williams RB/DB 5-11 160 So.

26 Danny Mola DB 5-7 130 So.

28 Sydney Adams DB 5-10 165 Sr.

30 Elijah Green RB 5-5 150 So.

32 Terrance Smith RB/DB 5-7 145 Jr.

35 Colin Castro K 5-9 145 So.

40 T.J Defranco LB 5-9 155 Jr.

42 Alec Estrill DB 5-9 125 So.

44 Hayden Parks LB 5-10 160 So.

45 Kabori Miller DB 5-8 130 So.

50 Delvin O’Donovan OL 6-0 200 Sr.

52 Godey Coleus DL 6-0 210 So.

55 Kagan Goulding OL 6-2 270 Sr.

56 Bryan Velez DL 6-1 215 Sr.

58 DeAndre Brown OL 6-5 230 Jr.

63 Joe Wintrick OL 6-1 220 Jr.

64 T.J. Shegog DL 5-11 190 Sr.

70 Hector Grey OL 5-11 285 Jr.

71 Katarino Regeno DL 5-11 215 Sr.

72 Daniel Martel OL 6-3 210 So.

73 Zachary Humphrey OL 6-3 260 So.

75 Andrew Williams OL 6-2 225 So.

80 Alex Wooley TE 5-9 175 So.

81 Bailey Holland WR 5-6 155 Sr.

82 Prescott Woodard WR 6-0 180 Sr.

85 Mikel Gonzalez WR 5-6 130 So.

88 Matt Tonelli WR 5-8 160 So.

94 Richard Drummond DL 6-1 232 So.

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