Ware County Player Wins Coastal Pines Technical College Player of the Week Award
October 3, 2019 10:59 AM
by Kevin Price
912 Sports will name a Coastal Pines Technical College Player of the Week each week during the 2019 high school football season. The week five winner is Ware County High School’s senior defensive lineman, Tony Bethea.
Bethea recorded some solid numbers as he helped the Gators to a 35-13 victory over Glynn Academy this past Friday night at Glynn County Stadium. The senior lineman finished with seven solo tackles, one assist and a tackle for a loss against the Red Terrors.
But everything Bethea did to help the Gators stymie the Glynn offense doesn’t show up as a statistic in the box score, said his head coach Jason Strickland. Bethea’s usual responsibilities along the defensive front were somewhat different Friday night as the Gators tried to slow down the Terrors’ run-oriented attack while playing without some key players elsewhere on the defense.
“Last Friday against Glynn, we needed to change his role and his responsibility to account for some of the things they were doing offensively,” Strickland said. “He adapted his game without any flaws and really just dominated the line of scrimmage all night.”
The Terrors gained just 158 total net yards in the game after rushing for more than 300 yards the prior week in a home win over Wayne County. Glynn’s leading rusher against the Gators had less than 50 yards for the night.
Glynn scored only one offensive touchdown against the Gators. The home team’s other score came on a kick return. The Gators defeated the Terrors for the second straight season and are now 3-2 on the season going into their game this week against Lowndes.
Bethea earned the second-highest postgame grade among the Ware defenders who played against Glynn. The grades include positive points earned for things such as tackles, sacks and interceptions, but players can also be docked points for things such as missed tackles and penalties. Against Glynn, Bethea did have a few points taken away, but he was also given additional points for an extra-effort play.
“Tony is a high-energy player who is going to leave it all on the line every Friday night,” Strickland said.
Bethea is the first defensive player to win the player of the week honor this season. He also is the first non-quarterback to win the award.
Players of the Week
Week 0 - Jermaine Brewton (Pierce County)
Week 1 - Logan Watson (Camden County)
Week 2- Tyler Morehead (Clinch County)
Week 3 - Trey Cloud (Toombs County)
Week 4 - Dionte Bowens (Liberty County)
Week 5 - Tony Bethea (Ware County)
Amanda Morris, Vice President for Academic Affairs presents Tony Bethea with CPTC Player of the Week Award.