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May 17, 2014

Offense wins annual Blue and White game

TIFTON — "It was a good spring game."

Those were the words of Tift County Blue Devils head coach John Reid after the final horn sounded Friday night on the annual Blue and White game. Though the score ended 35-26 in favor of the offense, there were plenty of highlights for both sides.

Playing offensive teams against defensive teams instead of dividing them into squads featuring both sides of the ball, there were incentives for defenders. Turnovers on downs counted for two points, turnovers three and defensive touchdowns counted as six.

The alternative scoring came into play immediately. Barry Bennett lost a fumble on the second play of the game and it was recovered by the defense, giving them a 3-0 lead.

Bennett would get it back, though, as he ran for a short touchdown at 5:18 in the 1st. Frankie Mejia's kick was good and the offense went on top 7-3. The defense fought right back and even briefly had a 9-7 lead as they forced three turnovers on downs.

In the 2nd, quarterback Tajhea Chambers put his team up to stay. He appeared to hand the ball off to Bennett, but kept it for himself and rambled for about 45 yards and the score. Offense was now up 14-9. Three minutes later, it was 21-9 when Michael Hancock threw about a 40-yarder for a scoring pass. The score would remain that at the half.

The sides did not bother to reset or break more than a couple of minutes before starting the 3rd. Another touchdown pass came at 10:55 and the white had its largest lead of 28-9.

The defense refused to give up. Jaelon Johnson recovered a fumble to give his side three more points. Eight more resulted from four straight turnovers on downs, the last coming with two seconds to go in the 3rd, which made it a 28-20 contest.

Hancock put the game out of reach with another touchdown pass early in the 4th. The defense garnered an interception and one more fumble recovery to close the gap.

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Tift County head football coach John Reid.

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