TIFTON - The second spring practice under the tenure of head coach Tommy Seward ended on a positive note here Saturday. The Tift County High Blue Devils wrapped up two weeks of spring drills with an inter-squad scrimmage at Brodie Field.
"Today was the best that the defense has looked all spring," Seward said following the scrimmage. "The defense really had a good game."
Playing eight minute quarters, the white offense did not score until the final period when senior quarterback Josh Allen broke through the right side of the line for a sixty-yard touchdown run. A few minutes later sophomore running back Rodney Smith duplicated the feat, racing nearly seventy yards down the left sideline.
"Today was a case of the defense stepping up," said Seward. "We have been worried about that all spring.
"Their play today was very encouraging."
In the early part of the second half the defense made an impressive goal line stand as the Tift offense failed to score on four plays from inside the ten-yard line.
Seward was pleased with the play of both offenses led by quarterbacks Allen and junior Josh Bowen.
"Josh Bowen has really come a long way," he said. "He'll really be able to help our offense in a back up role to Josh Allen."
Bowen will likely start in a receiver position.
Seward was also buoyed by the play of running back Smith and is optimistic about his chances of having impact on opposing defenses.
"He's got a whole lot of talent," Seward said of the rising sophomore rusher.
With spring practice behind them, Seward hopes that his Blue Devils will continue to build on the experience.
"This has been a good two weeks," he said. "It's been a good learning experience, especially since everybody played both an offensive and defensive position.
"Our numbers weren't so good (approximately 40), but we'll pick up some more in the summer."
According to the head coach, some players were participating in other sports while others were academically ineligible for the spring drills.
"We're still trying to build on what we started last year. We're hoping that we'll be able to adjust a little better (in game situations)."
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