Wewa Gators defeat Trenton Tigers

Wewahitchka broke a 14-14 tie on a two-yard run by Damian Hughes with less than six minutes left in the game and held on to defeat the Trenton Tigers 22-14 Friday night, Sept. 16.

With the win, the Gators improved to 3-1, while Trenton remained winless at 0-4.

Down 14-0 at halftime, Wewa broke into the scoring column on a 33-yard burst by P.J. Garrison, and trailed 14-6 going into the final frame.

“We just didn’t play (the first half),” said Gator head coach Bobby Johns. “We turned the ball over three times in the half.”

Caleb Carter provided local heroics when he snatched an interception and rambled 58 yards for a touchdown early in the fourth quarter. Hughes successfully ran for the two-point conversion to even the score.

With new life, the Gator defense forced the Tigers to return possession to the offense, and the Wewa ground attack worked its way inside the five to set up Hughes for his touchdown.

After Garrison’s two-point conversion run, Wewa led 22-14, and that would be all of the scoring for the

“We laid an egg for a half,” said Johns, “and should have lost the game. We went the last two games (wins over Bell and Vernon) without turning the ball over. But tonight we lost the turnover battle again.”

Trenton “played our game,” said Johns. Playing ball control, “they didn’t snap the ball until about five seconds remained on the play clock.”

But, Johns added that “as beat up as we’ve been, we’ll just take a win when we can.”

The Gators will play host to the 1-2 Bozeman Bucks on Friday, Sept. 23.

Meet the Editor

Wendy Weitzel, The Star’s digital editor, joined the news outlet in August 2021, as a reporter covering primarily Gulf County.

Prior to then, she interned for Oklahoma-based news wire service Gaylord News and for Oklahoma City-based online newspaper NonDoc.com during her four years at the University of Oklahoma, from which she graduated in May with degrees in online journalism and political science.

While at OU, Weitzel was selected as Carnegie-Knight News21 Investigative Fellow among 30 top journalism students from around the country. She also was senior editor managing a 12-person newsroom in coordination with Oklahoma Watch, a non-profit news organization in eastern Oklahoma.

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