The Ware County Gators outlasted the Valdosta Wildcat varsity 6-0 in a three-quarter scrimmage that got the new season started on a high note.
The Valdosta junior varsity punched across a score in the “fourth quarter” to down Ware’s jayvee 7-0. It was Ware’s trademark defense that stole the spotlight stifling what is supposed to be a contending Wildcat squad as the Region 1-AAAAAA wars approach. Valdosta was held to 24 rushing yards and 27 passing.
Valdosta also kept the visiting Gators in check for the most part on a wet field. The teams punted seven times each. But the Gator offense out-first downed ’Dosta eight to three. And the Ware attack sparked some life in the second half, in particular during a 12- play, 84-yard march that ended in a touchdown.
On third and six Jamar Johnson tossed a seven-yard pass to Devante Durham who was waiting just across the goal line and the faithful Ware fans — a large contingent making the trip on a rainy night — erupted.
Ware had ridden the rushing of Jaquez Bolds and Dedrick Mills to the seven of ’Dosta to set up the touchdown play. It was easily the most impressive drive of the night by either team. Behind Bolds’ 61 yards on nine carries, and with Mills running six times and picking up 42, the Gators wound up with 138 ground yards. Johnson completed just five of his 15 throws for 37 yards.