Tifton Gazette

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September 1, 2012

Blue Devils open season tonight

TIFTON — The Tift County Blue Devils will finally open their 2012 football season tonight against the Westover High Patriots in Albany’s Hugh Mills Stadium.

With the exception of a half of a scrimmage against Monroe High, the Blue Devils have not played anyone in over a month of practice, and Devil  Head Coach John Reid says his team is ready to hit someone else.

“We have had a good week of practice, but the weather has been a factor,” said Reid

In that one half the Devils were defeated by Monroe High, 7-0.

“it’s hard to put together  a staritng lineup, when we haven’t played but one half of football, but everyone has been working hard,” Reid added.

Westover will be a good opening test for the Blue Devils. The Patriots have a strong offense, and a defense that features one of the top linebacking units in the state of Georgia.

Coach Octavia Jones’ Westover squad was 4-6 last year, but is expected to challenge for a state playoff spot in Class AAAA this coming season.

Tift was 3-7 in 2011. The Devils hope to make the playoffs in what is perhaps the toughest region in the state, 1-AAAAAA.

Game time will be 7 p.m.

 

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