The Ware County Gators battled the third ranked Coffee County Trojans for four quarters Friday night, but miscues were too much to over come as Coffee won the annual Border War 21-7 last Friday night. Ware won the toss and deferred to the second half. Coffee returned the opening kickoff to the 44 yard line to give the Trojans the early lead on field postition. It did not take the Coffee offense long to turn good field position into early points when Jaylen Suggs found A.J. Wilkinson open on a 49 yard pass for a touchdown. Noah Saylor's extra point makd the game 7-0 in the first quarter.
Ware answered the bell as Junior Dream Gainer found the endzone on the ensuing kickoff with his second kickoff return for a touchdown in as many weeks. Gainer took the ball on his own 5 yard line and weaved his way down the Coffee sideline for a 95 yard touchdown run. Henry Bates point after tied the game with his point after making the score 7-7. The Trojans came roaring back when Coffee scored on a 2 yard touchdown run by Jamal Paulk. The point after made the score 14-7. On Ware's next possession, Latorik Wynn picked up a fumble and raced into the endzone for for a 53 yard touchdown with 10:43 left in the second quarter. Point after made the score 21-7. From that point on, the Gators defense held the potent Coffee offense in check as they held the Trojans scoreless and just 57 yards in the second half.
The Gators will be on the road again this Friday night as they travel to Jonesboro to take on the Jonesboro Cardinals in a non-region game. Information regarding tickets, directions and other travel information will be released shortly.
Chalk Talk with Head Coach Jason Strickland will be held tonight at 7:00 p.m., in the Community Room in Memorial Stadium.