Andon Ware enjoys strong college football season

BALDWIN — Andon Ware has completed a strong football season as defensive back at Notre Dame College in Ohio, but is hoping his collegiate career hasn’t ended.

The former standout at Baldwin finished his fourth official season at Notre Dame. Because he was hurt during his freshman year, Ware’s coaches are petitioning for a redshirt season, which means he could play in 2017.

Last Saturday, the Falcons finished their finest season in program history, with a come from behind, 26-21 win over West Virginia Wesleyan.

For the Falcons (9-2, 8-2 MEC) the win was their seventh in their last eight on the road dating back to last season.

“We didn’t play a game this year we were out of,” Ware said.

The nine wins are a program record for the Falcons, who finished third overall in the Mountain East.

Losses were 23-19 to Fairmont State and 38-17 to Shepherd. Notre Dame is an NCAA Division II school in Ohio.

This season at Notre Dame, he had 37 tackles, six pass breakups, which ranked second on the team and one interception.

Ware played in 10 games in 2014 and had an interception in the opening game of the year against Fairmont State. He also recovered two fumbles, and finished the year with nine tackles. 

“I worked my way in and was able to start,” Ware said, adding that offseason work, experience and dedication was able to provide him with a strong season.

Ware earned all-league honorable mention honors.

Ware was a four-year member of Doug Bolles’ Baldwin Panthers program and had 74 tackles, two sacks, eight interceptions and six pass deflections and was named a first team All-West Michigan D Conference performer at running back, cornerback and kick returner. He also played basketball at Baldwin and graduated in 2013