Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Tobler, Ware Co. Set for Title Game; Marquee Player Is a Standout on Offense, Defense for the Gators

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Tobler, Ware Co. Set for Title Game; Marquee Player Is a Standout on Offense, Defense for the Gators

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Byline: Don Coble

ATLANTA | Xavier Tobler started getting ready for Friday's AAAAA Georgia state football championship long before training camp opened in July.

He met with other players for informal workouts during the summer, often meeting them before sunrise. He's been through two-a-days in the sweltering South Georgia summer, 10 regular-season games and another four playoff games.

With one game remaining - Friday's finale inside the Georgia Dome against Gainesville - he's just catching his second wind.

"I'm not tired at all," he said. "After Friday, I'll have plenty of time to rest."

Kickoff is at 8:30 p.m.

Tobler will be one of the marquee players featured in Friday's game. He's rushed for 1,648 yards and 28 touchdowns on offense, and he's racked up 110 tackles on defense.

College recruiters have said all year they don't care if he plays offense or defense at the next level - as long as he plays.

"I've coached players who've gone on to have great NFL careers, but I've never seen a guy who can take the number of plays, the abuse, and still be the leader he is," Gators coach Ed Dudley said. "No matter what kind of player he becomes in college or in the pros, he is the most unbelievable high school football player I've seen. He really can play all 22 positions."

Tobler already is committed to Georgia Southern as a running back. The Eagles run the ball, and that's exactly what a running back wants.

"But I like to hit people, too," Tobler said. "Who knows?"

Ware County comes into the game with a 13-game winning streak. The Gators (13-1) lost their season opener to Coffee County, but they've come back to win every game since. In the process, they've posted five shutouts and held another four opponents to a single touchdown.

It should be difficult for Ware County to stop the 11-3 Red Elephants. Junior quarterback Deshaun Watson is 17 yards away from setting the single-season record in Georgia for passing yards. …

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