As I sat in the pressbox Friday night, I overheard Mike Chason say something on WTIF about, "another wild, wacky Tift County Blue Devil football game."
What can you say about a game that saw Tift County force six turnovers, but yet not score on any of them? But, that is exactly what happened against Brooks County.
I always try to look at the bright side of things and if you are like that, you are probably thinking that Tift County still figured out a way to win the game without scoring off of those turnovers.
But, if you are a "glass half empty"-type of person, you are probably thinking, "that can't be good, force six turnovers and your offense can't score off of any of them".
Well, I am going to be a good reporter. In other words, I'm going to be wishy-washy about the entire thing.
Forcing six turnovers was a credit to the Tift defense, as well as holding Brooks to only 52 total yards in the second half. However, it is not good for any offense that fails to take advantage of the six takeaways the defense gave them. It is something that has to frustrate the entire Tift County Blue Devils team, as well as the coaching staff.
On the other hand, while they could not use the turnovers that they were given, the Tift offense should be given credit for the one big play they did take advantage of, a Larry Dean blocked punt late in the game. Knowing they needed a score to win the game, the Tift offense took over after that big play and put the points on the board to get the win.
The Tift defense has played outstanding all year. It has given up only nine points in the last three games. If the Devil offense can catch up, there is no telling how good this Tift team could be.
And the Devil offense could be good. I don't know if they could be great, but they could be very good.
When all of them are healthy, Tift should have a very good stable of running backs. Emanuel Nelson, Justin Perez and C.J. Hille are all very capable and Kelvin Burns gives the Devils a strong presence with his hard running. Donnell Cullins can be dangerous at quarterback and Israel Troupe, Lee Caquelard and Dean all appear to have talent at receiver.
That is the challenge for the Tift County offense, to show just how good it can be. That may be the difference in Tift having a good season or a very good season.
The Devils will get another test Friday as the Hope boys at Worth County can play defense as well as anyone. It could be another wild, wacky contest.
Tift County--Kelvin Burns 2 run, 10:08.
Brooks County--Micah Edwards 9 run, 3:22.
Brooks County--Keldrick Sermons safety, 11:44.
Tift County--Burns 3 run, 2:32.
RUSHING--Brooks, Donnell Golden, 11-44, Micah Edwards, 6-23. Tift, Kelvin Burns, 20-101-2, C.J. Hille, 9-54.
PASSING--Brooks, Edwards, 11-21-3-123, Tony Sutton, 1-1-0-15. Tift, Donnell Cullins, 2-6-0-28.
RECEIVING--Brooks, Joseph Huewitt, 3-51, Marcus Stroud, 2-50, Marquis Bryant, 2-20. Tift, Marquis King, 1-15, Hille, 1-13.
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