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TIFTON -- The Tift County High Blue Devils soccer team picked up its first win of the season with a 15-0 drubbing of the Worth County Rams Tuesday evening at Brodie Field.

The Blue Devils (1-3, 0-2) ended the game with seven minutes to play in regulation according the "mercy" rule.

"We needed the win, we needed something for some confidence," said Tift head coach Harlie Foremes. The Blue Devils continue region play Friday as both the Blue Devils and Lady Devils travel to Leesburg to take on the Lee County High Lady Trojans (5:30 p.m.) and Trojans (7:30 p.m.).

"Right now the region is split with three teams at 2-0 and three at 0-2," Foremes explained. "Both Lee County and us are 0-2 in the region so this is an important game."

Against the young Rams most of the action took place on the Rams' half of the field as Tift got plenty of offensive work.

"We wanted to work on our offensive attack, and they didn't put much pressure on our defense," said Foremes.

"We worked on our ability to cross and our control and touches," he added pointing out that he was paying particular attention to steals and giveaways.

A benefit to Tuesday's Worth County game was Tift's opportunity to play the entire squad.

"Some young kids got some exposure," said Foremes, "and non-region games are important preparation."

Sophomore Matt Franks led the scorers with four goals on the night. Jesus Bautista added three. Scoring one goal each were Jose Acosta, Lorenzo Esponoza, Jon Lomax, Jorge Heras, Luke Edmondson, Jack Hudson and Michael Moore.

For the senior Moore, usually a defender, the penalty kick was his first career varsity goal.



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