Tifton Gazette

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November 26, 2012

NFL playoffs taking shape, and still a month to go


Start the playoffs now. 
Well, just about. 
More than a month from the end of the NFL season, and nearly every division race 
is decided. Atlanta and Denver have four-game leads and can earn titles with 
victories Sunday, although the Falcons also need Tampa Bay to lose — 
coincidentally, to the Broncos, who don't need any help if they win to walk off 
with the AFC West. 
The Falcons (10-1) get an early start by hosting New Orleans on Thursday night. 
Considering the rivalry, and that Atlanta's only defeat this season has been to 
the Saints, taking the NFC South crown merely adds to the team's already soaring 
"Ten and one is great, but I'll tell you what I've said since the beginning of 
the season: We're just jockeying for position," star tight end Tony Gonzalez 
said. "We just want to put ourselves in the best position, playing the best 
football. Right around this time is when you want to start jelling as a team and 
take it on into the playoffs because that's the most important thing." 
Denver (8-3) already has swept San Diego, so one more victory puts Peyton 
Manning back in the playoffs with his new team. Oddly, Manning's Colts didn't 
always fare so well after early clinchings, but every coach, including his 
latest one, John Fox, will say that owning a postseason berth overrides any 
potential negatives. 
"We can't influence what everyone else does over the last five games," Fox said. 
"We know we have to take care of this week and that'll be our mindset." 

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    April 17, 2014

  • Remembering Miss Mattie

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    April 17, 2014

  • Coffee can’t brew any offense against Tift’s McCray

    For at least a few hours, the Tift County Blue Devils will be able to say they share part of the Region 1-AAAAAA baseball lead. They were winners of the first game of a doubleheader Thursday over the Coffee High Trojans, 4-0. The sides were even with two division losses.

    April 17, 2014

  • Panthers outlast Warriors, 2-1

    The Tiftarea Academy Panthers provided a little more separation in the Region 3-AAA race Wednesday evening. Fresh off a 2-1 win Monday, they added another one, this a 2-1 win over the Brookwood School Warriors.

    April 17, 2014

  • Devils to dine on Coffee and Crisp

    Big games and a big trip. Life takes an exciting turn over the next few days for the Diamond Devils of Tift County High. They start with a doubleheader this afternoon at 4:30 with the Coffee Trojans. Two days later, they will sliding into bases at Turner Field.

    April 16, 2014

  • Lady Panthers gouge GCS, 7-1

    The Tiftarea Academy soccer teams had a windy Tuesday night for Senior Night but they didn’t let the chill in the air stop them from keeping the scoreboard heated up. Seniors Neeli Fortson, Lauren Goforth, Ali Rippy, Britton Robitzsch and Austin Tenneson were recognized after the Lady Panthers sealed a 7-1 victory against the Georgia Christian Lady Generals. The Panthers had to settle for a 1-1 tie.

    April 16, 2014

  • Nashville hosts 5th annual Tyler Carter Memorial Duathlon

    The 5th annual Tyler Carter Memorial Duathlon will be held on Saturday, May 3  at the Berrien County Parks and Recreation Department.  The Duathlon Race course will consist of a 2.3-mile run into an 18.5-mile bike ride and end with a 2.3-mile run.

    April 16, 2014

  • McMinn, Beier shut down Glenwood

    The Tiftarea Academy Panthers mustered only five hits Monday night, but that would be enough for them. Behind the arm of Noah McMinn, clutch hitting from Zach Beier and a big trick play, they bested the Glenwood (Ala.) Gators by a 2-1 score.

    April 15, 2014

  • Panthers ready for region track championships

    Through early Tuesday, the track team at Tiftarea Academy knew they would be participating at a region track meet today. They just were not sure where.
    Coach Ryan Branch said Monday that the meet was scheduled for Hugh Mills Stadium in Albany, but if the event it was hosting was rained out Tuesday, TIftarea would be the hosts. The rains came, but it was not enough to change plans. Branch confirmed Tuesday afternoon that they would be on the road.

    April 15, 2014

  • Tift wins Lady Trojan tourney

    April 15, 2014

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