Ware County Bashes Brunswick

Three strong passes opened the door for 4-A Ware County Gators to execute a strong second half running game to trample the Pirates Friday night in Brunswick.

Ware's Marcus Mitchell recovered a fumble on Brunswick's 37, setting the tone for the first half as the Gator defense shut out the Pirates for the first two quarters. A handful of sacks and stops behind the line on running plays put Ware County in control as the Gator offense came alive.

Ware County came out throwing completions and 3 touchdowns in the first half: an 18 yard touchdown to Je'mario Barkley with 4 minutes left in the first quarter, a 52 yard TD to Leodis Mckelvin with :24 seconds left in the first quarter, and a 54 yarder to Ryan Benson with 1:37 left in the half.

The early success of Ware's passing game opened the door for the Gator running game. Kewann Bell and Matt Jones ran the field in place of injured starter, Tommy Jones. Bell ran 35 yards for a touchdown with 2:01 left in the first quarter while Matt Jones ran a 26-yard td with 9:09 on the clock. During the first half, Ware's defense shut out Brunswick's formerly high scoring offense while Ware's offense clicked. The score at the half was Ware County 35, Brunswick 0. The second half found both offenses moving the ball but unable to score a touchdown. With 5:40 left in the third quarter, the Pirates scored off a 71-yard punt return. The Gator's only second half score was a 35-yard field goal. Late in the first half, Marcus Mitchell intercepted the ball and later in the game, Leodis Mckelvin picked one off near the Gator end zone.

Ware County will rest a week before playing a region game at home against Cairo High Oct. 18. The Pirates will face Wayne County away Oct. 11.

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