TIFTON -- The football field house at Tift County High School is a large facility. However, the space is filled to the rafters this week as the Fourth Annual Gene Brodie Football Camp is underway.

"We have around 170 to 180 kids out," Tift head coach Jay Walls said of the camp. That number includes Tift County players in grades 7 through 12.

"It has been a real good response. We have been working on weights, agilities, speed drills and skill work," Walls stated.

Besides that work, the "Blue Devil Games" are ongoing.

"It is a competition for our offensive lineman, our defensive lineman and our strong ends," Walls said.

The coach said the competition includes an obstacle course, a truck push, dodge ball and a tug-of-war.

While the linemen are participating in competitions, the team's wide receivers, defensive backs, linebackers, quarterbacks and running backs are preparing for the summer passing league competitions.

"We are having a 7-on-7 passing tournament with those guys," Walls said.

The passing leagues will begin June 18 with a tournament at Valdosta State. Tift will then host Berrien High on June 21 at 6:30 p.m.

After participating in the passing leagues this summer, Tift will open the 2005 preseason with a scrimmage at home against Thomasville on August 5. After traveling to Dublin for another scrimmage on August 12, the Devils will open the regular season on August 19 at Crisp County.

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