Ware Slams Door on New Hampstead 34-6

Ware Slams Door on New Hampstead 34-6

The Ware County Gators built an early lead and cruised past New Hampstead 34-6 to move to 3-0 in Region play. The vicotry sets up a showdown in the Swamp with Wayne County for the Region 2AAAAA Title. This will be the third straight year the Gators and Jackets have matched up for the Region Title. Wayne has won the last two in Jesup, but this years game returns to the Memorial Stadium where the Gators are the favorites. 

New Hampstead won the toss and elected to receive. The Pheonix drove the ball down the field but turned the ball over on a fumble recovered by Ladedric Castellanos. After exchanging punts Prince Alston picked off a pass and returned it 65 yards to the New Hampstead 1 yard line before Cah'Zir Mckoy scores from one yard out. Brody Hall connected on the PAT to put the Gators on top 7-0.The Gators recovered the ensuing mishandled kickoff and went to work on another scoring drive. On third and one, Thomas Castellanos took the ball in from 23 yards out and Brody Hall made the game 14-0. 

With 4:04 left to go in the 2nd quarter, Castellanos scored again from two yards out. Brody Hall kicked the extra point and the Gators led 21-0. New Hampstead scored on a 32 yard pass play but the extra point was blocked to cut the lead to 21-6. A bad snap on New Hampstead's next possession gave the Gators a chance to get more points on the board before the half, but the Pheonix blocked a Brody Hall FG with :45 seconds left in the half and the Gators went to the locker room with a 21-6 lead.

McKoy scored his second touchdown of the night on a nine yard run with 1:26 left in the third quarter. The point after was no good and the Gators led 27-6. Ware had several opportunities in the fourth quarter, but untimely penalties kept the Gators out of scoring position. With :22 seconds left in the game, New Hampstead's punter mishandled a punt and Kevin Weatherspoon recovered the ball in the endzone for the Gators final score. A Brody Hall point after made the score 34-6 in favor of the Gators.

Ware will now turn their focus to the Region 2AAAAA matchup with Wayne County for the Region Title.

ADVANCE TICKETS: Advance tickets are now on sale at First Southern Bank, J Green and Company Jewelers, the Central Board Office and the high school ticket office from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm Tuesday - Thursday and again on Friday from 8:00 am to 11:00 am.

ONLINE TICKETS: Online tickets can be purchased by clicking HERE.

 

 

 Note: All Pictures compliments of former Ware County Gator Bo Carter. Click HERE for more pics.

 

Michael Mincey makes open field tackle...

 

Dream Gainer makes cut for yardage...

 

 Keonte Taylor makes the tackle...

 

 Great special teams play by the Gators...

 

 Gators execute drive....

 

 Physical defensive play by the Gators...

 

 These girls play a big role helping the Gators on Friday nights...

 

 

A big shout out to our Band...

 

 Coner Brennan kept the Pheonix backed up...

 

 Coach Strickland set's the stage for next week...