Tuesday, February 20, 2018
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Wares square off on soccer field, but remain brotherly

LITHIA

Considering that boys soccer coaches and brothers Scott and Allen Ware would be squaring off for the first time in the 2012 season less than two weeks out from Thanksgiving, some trash talking at the dinner table seemed inevitable.

But no knives were brandished, no threats were made and no slide tackles were dished out in the back yard.

"Nah," said Scott, who coaches Wharton. "We get along really well. Always have been. And we're both pretty laid back."

Scott, 39, and Allen, 42, who is in his first season at Newsome, are no strangers to the local soccer scene. After a few years at Plant City, Allen spent the next 15 years at Brandon (1996-2010). He led the Eagles to a state title in 2003, with Scott on the sideline helping out.

"I played for two years at (the University of Central Florida), then took some time away from the game," Scott said. "By helping Allen out, I realized that coaching was definitely what I wanted to do."

Scott coached the Brandon girls team in 2004 and the Wharton girls team in 2005 before taking over the Wildcats boys team in 2006.

"But all that started with helping (Brandon) out in 2003," Scott said. "I enjoyed it so much. I realized this was something I wanted to do full-time."

Scott equaled Allen's feat in 2008, winning a state title with a 2-1 win against St. Thomas Aquinas.

"I was happy for him," Allen said.

So how well do these guys get along? Well, as the story according to Scott goes, Allen let his brother get a 3-2 regular season win that year. It was the Eagles' lone win on the season.

"I saved his banquet," Scott joked.

Allen said the match provided much-needed material.

"I'm not sure what I would have talked about (at the banquet) otherwise," he said.

Overall, the brothers have faced each other a handful of other times before this season, but recalling that match in 2008 is the closest thing to a running scoreboard between the two.

"I think he's up a couple wins on me," Allen said. "But honestly, I'm not sure. You'd have to ask him."

This season, it looks like the table will tilt toward Allen. Newsome has one of the stronger teams in the area while Scott is rebuilding a Wharton team that lost 12 seniors off last season's club.

"We're competitive and we want to win each time we go out," Allen said. "But it's a competitive fun. Because we know what it's like to be on the other side of it."

Scott was "on the other side of it" Tuesday when the Ware brothers faced off. Newsome breezed to a 3-0 win, scoring its goals in the first half. Newsome and Wharton may meet again in the district playoffs but listening to the Wares, there was far more smack talk surrounding the Florida-Florida State football game at Thanksgiving dinner than between these two coaches on the field.

"Me and Allen are both Florida State fans and our parents aren't, so it was us against them," Scott said. "I'm sure it will ramp up if we play in the postseason but he's got a good team this year. (Newsome) was a great job for him to come back to and I'm glad he got it."

Brandon Wright can be reached at [email protected]

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