They may go a bit unnoticed because of their isolation in southeast Georgia, but the Ware County Gators have proven to be one of the state’s most consistent contenders over the past decade in the second-highest classification.
Ware County has no state championships to its credit, but the Gators have made 11 consecutive playoff appearances, including nine in which they reached at least the second round, and have not had a losing season since 2001.
“We don’t really make a big deal out of it, but we do fly under the radar a little bit just because geographically we’re so far away from everybody,” Ware County coach Ed Dudley said. “It does enable us to develop, play some of the AAAAAA schools and get better early in the season.”
Last season, Ware County reached the state championship game for the second time in six seasons, losing to Gainesville 49-13.
“It felt like we were gutted with a big fishing knife,” Dudley said of the loss in the final. “We worked so