Following a 71-35 victory over Sam Houston, Wheatley head football coach Cornelius McFarland had praise for his secondary and concern for his defensive front seven.

Despite more than doubling the opponent’s score, Wheatley surrendered 219 rushing yards, including 172 to Sam Houston running back Luke Chavez.

“We came out a little flat to start the game, but the guys started putting it together offensively,” McFarland said. “We had problems all night on defense that we have to fix in a hurry.

“District play starts in a few days and we have a long way to go and a short time to get there.”

Yet the Wheatley secondary recorded a stellar performance with five interceptions, including four in the first half against Sam Houston.

Gervon Livingston, a junior defensive back, got the theft parade started with a pick on Sam Houston’s first offensive possession of the game.

“I saw the play develop and when the quarterback made his throw, I stepped in for the interception,” he said.

“The secondary play was outstanding,” McFarland said. “The guys played well in the back end of the defense. Livingston is a kid that led the district in interceptions last year and he has high expectations again this year.”

Wheatley opens its District 11-4A ledger Thursday, Sept. 28 against Booker T. Washington at Barnett Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

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