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Blocked kick lifts Wharton

A point-after proves to be the difference in Wildcats' 14-13 preseason victory over Robinson.

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By ROBYN DISNEY

© St. Petersburg Times, published August 26, 2000


TAMPA -- Robinson running back Clark Green was everywhere.

With the Knights' star running back, Kwane Doster sitting the bench with a bruised left quadricep, Green had to perform double-duty as key running back and linebacker. He did so successfully, scoring two touchdowns while rushing for 239 yards. When Robinson's kicker left the team this week, Green stepped in as well.

And that is when Wharton finally stopped him.

The Wildcats blocked Green's point-after, which would have tied the game at 14, and held him to only to only 18 yards afterward to seal a 14-13 victory Friday night.

"We should've gone for two," Robinson coach Bud Hodgens said. "He was so exhausted after running 73 yards (for the touchdown) that we should've gone for two and given the ball to someone else. Who knew that would be the deciding factor in the ball game?"

While Green was the offense for the Knights, Wharton relied on its tandem of seniors Edris Morse and Dwight Ellick. Ellick rushed for 45 yards and was taken out at the end of the third quarter with cramps, while Morse scored twice while rushing for 68 yards.

"I was pleased with what they did for us, especially considering the lack of practice we have had this week," Wharton coach Richard Wood said. "We've been rained out for most of this week and we have not had a consistent practice. This was a test for us and we've got some kinks to work out."

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