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March 31, 2014

Gridiron Devils to compete in 3rd annual Power Meet

TIFTON — The Tift County Blue Devils and their supporters have a long wait until football season begins. However, they do not have a long time to wait to see the players in action. The third annual TCHS Football Power Meet is this Friday at 5 p.m. and will feature plenty of competition.

Football players will be competing for the crown of one of the top three lifters in his weight class, best in the lower or upper level weight divisions and best overall. There are 10 weight classes total, which allow the players to compete with those comparable in size.

Last year's overall champion was defensive back Jermarion Billington. There will be stiff competition for winners in any division this time as around 100 athletes will be participating.

The event will be run in rounds. Each lifter will have an opening attempt on each lift in the first round, a process that will continue for three rounds. They will be competing in three lifts, bench press, squat and power clean.

Squats require the lifter to un-rack the weight, squat with it, return to a standing position and on command of a judge, return the weight to the rack. A lifter must receive two out of three white flags to be determined successful.

A successful bench press has the lifter remove the weight from the rack, bring it down to his chest and without bouncing or lifting his lower body, return the weight to its starting point. He also must receive two out of three flags.

For the power clean, the lifter must pick up the weight off the floor and in one motion, bring it up to his chest. He must show that he has control of the weight before returning it to the floor. Two of three white flags must be earned to be determined successful.

The meet takes place at the high school gym and is open to the public. Admission costs are $5 for adults and $3 for students.

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