LUTZ — Wharton played with heavy hearts thinking of its injured teammate, but focused enough to pull away and defeat Steinbrenner on Friday night.
Wildcats junior linebacker Sean McNamee is in a medically induced coma, two days after fracturing his skull before football practice Wednesday.
“Our guys gave everything for him tonight,’’ Wharton coach David Mitchell said. “Our thoughts and our prayers were with him all through the game.’’
Mitchell said there was no update on McNamee’s condition after the game, but he said the team was thinking of him.
“We were inspired tonight and we knew we had to play,’’ Mitchell said. “We thought about him the whole time.’’
McNamee injured himself Wednesday when his head landed on a paint machine. He wasn’t wearing a helmet.
On Friday, Wharton pulled away from Steinbrenner late in the second quarter. Wildcats quarterback Chase Litton threw for 502 yards and three TDs, running in another.
Wharton 14 21 7 3 — 45
Stein. 14 14 0 0 — 28
S — Carroll 65 pass from Fitch (Stevens kick)
W — Keil 13 run (Spearringer kick)
S — Snelling 63 pass from Fitch (Stevens kick)
W — Keil 8 run (Spearringer kick)
S — Bartell 16 run (Stevens kick)
W — Tate 38 pass from Litton (Spearringer kick)
W — Litton 2 run (Spearringer kick)
S — Fitch 2 run (Stevens kick)
W — Tate 25 pass from Litton (Spearringer kick)
W — Keil 40 pass from Litton (Spearringer kick)
W — FG Spearringer 45