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Bolton’s (23) Joseph Wardsworth carries the ball against Opelousas on Friday.

Photo Courtesy of Tia Owens-Powers
Bolton WR Wardsworth thankful for chance to play football


By: Warren Hayes

Bolton wide receiver JoJo Wardsworth knows all good things must come to an end.

He's one of Bolton's most explosive weapons and has developed a close relationship with his coaches and teammates.


"It's hard to let go," Wardsworth said. "If I could come back and play again for this team, I would definitely play. I've done some immature things on the field that has hurt the team. I can honestly say (head football) coach (Reynolds) Moore has helped me mature into a good wide receiver."

The Bears (2-6,1-2) will travel to face Peabody at 7 p.m. Friday.


Wardsworth will graduate this year, and said he's enjoyed his time with his teammates and sees them as a "second family."


Moore said Wardsworth is a joy to be around.


"My son likes hanging out with JoJo and looks at JoJo like a brother," Moore said. "It's important to be a good player on the field, but it's just as important for a player to carry themselves in a respectable manner. A lot of younger kids look up to JoJo."


Bolton's junior quarterback Reggie Williams said he will miss Wardsworth's leadership.


"JoJo is one of the most explosive guys on the field in our district," he said. "JoJo leads by example. It will be hard to replace a veteran like JoJo."


Wardsworth still remembers the first game he started in his sophomore year against Buckeye. He was calm during the game.


"Football is football to me, and when you start thinking you will make mistakes, that's when you make mistakes," he said. "We beat Buckeye, 42-7. I had several touchdowns in that game. I knew after that game, I would have a good future with this team."


For Moore, he said the Buckeye game was an eye-opener for him.


"I wish we would have started him sooner after seeing that game," he said. "JoJo has explosive speed. He makes my job look easy."


Wardsworth has six touchdowns for 733 yards receiving and 426 yards rushing for four touchdowns.

He said one of his better games was in the Bears' 35-31 victory against Leesville this year.

Wardsworth had 10 rushes for 118 yards and two touchdowns and caught four passes for 65 yards and two touchdowns against Leesville.


"I kept catching the deep pass against Leesville," he said. "We were just clicking together as a team. We have talent on this team."


Wardsworth also had 230 yards of offense against Leesville.


"He had four touchdowns in the Leesville game," Moore said. "He had 214 yards of offense against Tioga. When we need to get back into the game, JoJo is definitely our go-to guy."


And while Wardsworth said he doesn't have any college football teams looking at him, he would love to play at the next level. So now, he's focusing on the ACT test.


"I will probably start playing college football at a junior college," he said. "I will be thankful if someone would give me a chance to play college football. Until then, I'm going to play as hard as I can for Bolton."