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Ware’s Gators like to run

The Ware County Gators, who will host Bainbridge on Friday in the first round of the Class AAAA playoffs, are primarily a running team.

The teams will enter the game with identical 8-2 records.

“Ware County’s offense bases out of an ‘I’ formation and they will run more than they will throw,” Bainbridge head coach Ed Pilcher said Monday. “Their senior quarterback, Josh Bennett, is a strong runner and passer. He leads them in both categories.”

Through 10 games, Bennett has carried the ball 122 times for 597 yards and scored 10 touchdowns. He has averaged 4.89 yards a carry, and 59.7 yards a game and has a long run of 24 yards.

Through the air, Bennett has completed 109 of 185 passes for 1,329 yards and eight touchdowns. He averages 132.9 passing yards a game, and his longest completion has been 76 yards.

The Gators’ second- and third-leading rushers behind Bennett are senior tailback Bernard Robertson and junior running back Xavier Tobler.

Robertson has 101 carries for 528 yards and seven touchdowns. Tobler has 78 carries for 470 yards and six touchdowns.

“One of the most impressive things about Ware County is the size of their offensive line,” Pilcher said. “They average 270 pounds or better.”