The Ware County Gators will kickoff the 2019 football season Friday night in the Swamp against the Rockledge Raiders. The Gators played toe to toe with 7A Giant Camden County last Thursday and are eager to get the season started. This weeks opponent is from Brevard County Florida. They are coming off a 10-2 campaign with some huge wins undet their belts. Wayne Younger is in his 5th year as the head coach and opens up with a schedule similar to Ware's in regards to toughness.
Advance tickets are on sale now at First Southern Bank, J Green & Company Jewelers and the Central Board Office for $7 until 2:00 pm on Friday. Tickets will also be available at the high school ticket office on Thursday only from 8:00 am - 3:00 pm. Online tickets can be purchased for $7 until 2:00 pm on Friday, August 23. After 2:00 pm, all tickets will be $9. All tickets at the gate are $9.
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Below is a brief scouting report on Rockledge. We need the entire Gator Nation to Pack the Swamp Friday to show the Raiders what south Georgia football is all about.
– 2018 Record: 10-2
– Head Coach: Wayne Younger (5th year)
August 23 – @ Ware County
August 30 – vs. Lincoln (Tallahassee)
Sept. 6 – vs. Columbia (Decatur, GA)
Sept. 13 – vs. Eau Gallie
Sept. 20 – @ Viera
Sept. 27 – @ Atlantic (Port Orange)
Oct. 5 – @ St. Ignatius (Cleveland, Ohio)
Oct. 11 – @ Merritt Island
Oct. 18 – vs. Palm Bay
Nov. 1 – vs. Cocoa
– 2019 Outlook –
Chris: Any doubt that the Raiders were "back" in 2017 was completely extinguished in 2018 as Rockledge rolled to a 9-1 regular-season record that included wins over rivals Viera and Cocoa.
LaDarius Tennison, a former Miami commit, will likely play both ways for the Raiders this season. Last year, he was a terror on both sides of the ball, running for over 1,000 yards while tallying 10 sacks and participating in 124 tackles for Rockledge. He'll be joined in the offensive backfield by junior quarterback Eljiah Allen who returns after throwing for 15 touchdowns a year ago.
The Raiders' schedule is brutal. In addition to the renewal of annual rivalries with Viera and Cocoa, Rockledge will travel out of state twice as they'll travel to Ware County, GA on Aug. 23 and St. Ignatius, OH for a game on October 5. They also host Columbia, another Georgia-based school on and traditional state power Tallahassee Lincoln.
Zach: The Raiders were Brevard County's best team last season. They proved as much by defeating Viera and Cocoa in the same season. However, it's a new year and Coach Younger would be the first to say that.
This team oozes with talent across many important positions. Rockledge ran into a buzz saw last year when they fell to American Heritage 31-14
One of the most highly sought after recruits in Brevard County, Ladarius Tennison, can do it all on offense and defense.
His speed is one facet of his game that turns heads. One area of his game that goes unnoticed, his instincts. The leading tackler in Brevard County last year returns for his senior season and other names to keep an eye on is DE Dasani Robinson (6'6 240 LBS), RB Mike Alves Jr. (6'1 204 LBS)