The Ware County Gators and the Burke County Bears ended their 10 days of spring practice Friday night in the Swamp with both teams getting some good film of all phases of the game and will now begin preparation for the upcoming fall football season that is just around the corner.
The evening began with the middle school spring game which brought about excitement and enthusiasm for the future. The rising 7th and 8th graders from both schools showed the Gator Nation that the future is very bright as more than 120 kids completed spring practice with Waycross Middle edging Ware Middle. The game was the first time some of the young kids got to take the field for the first time. The game was full of big plays for both teams both offensively and defensively.
Following the middle school game was the Varsity Scrimmage. The Georgia High School Association reinstated the spring game this season and it's the first time two schools could play each other in a game such as this in a very long time. The game must be limited to 48 minutes. Coach Stephens and Coach Parker elected to dedicate the first 12 minutes to the upcoming 9th grade kids. The remaing 36 minutes was divided into four 9 minute quarters.
While the goal of any contest is to win, the coaching emphasis is more centered around getting good quality film to teach off of. There were some bright spots in all phases of the game for both schools and there were some areas identified that need work. Both schools had some key players to replace off both sides of the ball from last year and it is hard to get kids ready to perform in just 9 days of practice, however, Ware showed some promise from kids who got their first opportunity to play at that level. The off season Ware has in place will provide opportunites for growth in all aspects of the game.
In the first game, the rising 9th graders scored twice in the 12 minutes of place to upend the Bears 12-0. In the nightcap Ware and Burke exchanged leads with Burke holding on to a 21-13 lead to edge the Gators.
The Gators will now begin the summer off season schedule in full force and begin preparing for the pre-season Scrimmage with Camden County on Friday, August 11. Season tickets will be on sale soon.
The future of Ware County Football is so bright, you gotta wear shades...Middle school players stretch the length of the field.
A perfect throw and a perfect catch...
Gators on a drive...