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High school football: Sterling's Wharff becoming big-time producer

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Sterling's Bryant Lilly and Logan Wharff hadn't played in a game together as quarterback and receiver since middle school. You wouldn't know it.

Last season, Wharff had 22 receptions for 289 yards and four touchdowns. In this season's opener, the Sterling senior caught four balls for 109 yards and three touchdowns.

"That was probably my best game," said Wharff, a 5-foot-10, 175-pound wide receiver. "Hopefully I can have more of these. Hopefully every game."

"Bryant really trusts Logan," Sterling head coach Jon Schlemmer said. "He's so good with the ball in the air. And, he's bigger than you think. I don't think he's got a whole lot of fat on him. And, he's one of the strongest kids on the team."

Wharff scored two of the Golden Warriors' four touchdowns of 40 yards or more. Lilly hit him for TDs of 54, 48 and 6 yards.

Draque Penaflor-Heier also had TD runs of 91, 40 and 1 yard.

"We're going to be a big-play team," Wharff said. "Draque's speed opens things up. If teams try to stop the pass, Draque will burn them. If not, Bryant will pick them apart."

Schlemmer wasn't surprised to see Wharff produce like he did in the Warriors' 42-28 win over ninth-ranked Metamora.

"He's the real deal. He's probably one of the better kids I've seen out in space," Schlemmer said. "And, not only that we've had in Sterling, but among the best we've seen. I'm not saying noboby can cover him, but it takes a special player."

Wharff scorched man coverage against Metamora. Both he and Schlemmer expect to see different defensive schemes against him in the future.

"He's going to have a bull's-eye on his back," Schlemmer said. "For as good a game as he had, his position coach Donnie Dittmar said it opened a can of worms and people are going to bracket him. He'll have to work extra hard to get open."

"Every once in a while Metamora put a safety over me," Wharff said. "I expect more of that. I want a challenge."

Wharff gets geared up when he sees the defense in the coverage he prefers to face.

"I like when they play up tight and shade inside," he said. "Sometimes I look at Bryant and we'll give each other a little stare."

Sterling (1-0) at Johnsburg (0-1)

When: 7:15 p.m. Friday

Where: Johnsburg Athletic Field, 2002 W. Ringwood Road, Johnsburg

Twitter: Follow Brian Weidman (@BrianWeidman)

Radio: 94.3 FM

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