The Ware County Gators opened up their 2018 Varsity Football schedule by traveling to Kingsland last night to take on perennial powerhouse 7A Camden County. The Wildcats jumped out to a 14-0 lead, however the Gators quickly cut the margin to 14-7 as freshman quarterback Thomas Castellanos completed a 25 yard touchdown to Charles Jones to cut the lead to 14-7 with 5:54 left to go in the second quarter. The Ware defense forced a three and out on the next Camden possession forcing the Wildcats to punt. A high snap over the punters head resulted in a safety for the Gators cutting the lead to 14-9. The Gators received the ensuing kickoff at the Camden 45 yard line. Castellanos completed a 15 yard pass to Mac Johnson for a first down. A 21 yard run by Brandon Mills put the Gators in scoring postion. Castellanos' fourth down pass to Charles Jones in the endzone slipped through his hands and the Gators went into the locker room down 14-9.
The Gators got the ball to start the second half. Castellonos ripped off a 15 yard run but Camden stepped in front of a pass on the next play and returned it 52 yards for a touchdown. The extra point made the score 21-9 with 5:43 left in the third quarter. The Gators moved the ball well on the possession, however a bad snap negated several good gains and forced the Gators to punt the ball back to Camden. The Wildcats moved the chains and scored on a 31 yard touchdown run on fourth down to put the game out of reach.
At the end of the third quarter, the two JV teams took the field. Noah Hooks tossed a 28 yard touchdown to Cletwan Scriven to lead the JV team to a 6-0 victory over the Wildcats.
The Gators will now focus their attention to their home season opener against Pine Ridge High School from Florida. Kickoff is set for 7:30 next week in the Swamp.
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