LEESBURG - K.D. McCormick broke through for a long touchdown run and Tift County ended their football scrimmage at Lee County Thursday with a bang.
McCormick broke loose for a 66-yard run with 4:14 remaining, Tift's lone touchdown in a strong defensive effort for both sides.
No score was kept during the evening, which featured an agreement between coaches to have certain series featuring No. 1 and No. 2 lineups.
Lee scored twice in the first half, once on a six-yard pass to Korbin Douglas and the other on a four-yard run by Christian Frazier. Tift's scoring was bolstered by a 31-yard field goal by Pedro Mendoza in the second period.
The Trojans had the ball on offense first and drove down to Tift's 30 before turning the ball over on downs. Tift opted to go with quarterback Joe Almond first and the ended the series on a blocked punt deep in their own territory.
Lee turned the possession into a scoring one, but not without great difficulty. Frazier ran from the 14 to the 1, but was stuffed for lost yardage on two straight tries. But on third and goal from the 6, Douglas caught a pass, sending the Trojans into the end zone. Austin Beaver added the extra point on a kick at 3:42.
Jacob Beach came in for Tift's second series. He threw two completions and Chrishon Stephens' legs gave the Devils their second first down.
A fumble after a completion gave the ball back to Lee at Tift's 37, but the ensuing drive went backwards as Tyre West sent quarterback Kyle Toole to the turf with a big sack.
Walter Jackson started the second quarter with six straight runs, moving all the way to the Trojans' 14. The drive stalled there, but Mendoza landed a field goal in Lee's band section, giving Tift its first points of the night.
Lee scored for the final time at 4:12. Charles King dropped Toole for another sack, but two big completions put the ball at the 4. From there, Frazier rumbled in. The extra point was missed.
Tift County found its footing in the second half. Weston Clamp found a pair of receivers on the opening possession. Lee threatened again, then Toole threw a pass to Willie Brown in the end zone for an interception and a touchback.
McCormick saw his first action at the end of the third quarter as freshman Tyler Parker had his first chance to shine. Parker showed a nice touch on passes and a good set of wheels. He scrambled his way through Lee's defense on one try and took off for a 13-yard gain on another.
The touchdown run came on Tift's shortest possession. After being kicked to their own 34, McCormick took a hand-off, went left to his own sideline and continue downfield. The Trojans tried to catch him, but McCormick found an extra gear to score untouched. Mendoza provided the extra point.
More highlights for Tift came in the punting game. Azaria Smith was given the opportunity to try a few kicks in the second half. His first went for 49 yards and the second not only went 45 yards, but had plenty of hangtime. The last kick saw Lee botch the catch and the Blue Devils recovered the fumble.
McCormick led all Tift ground-gainers with an unofficial 74 yards on four carries. Stephens toted the ball eight times for 63 yards. The Blue Devils used five quarterbacks on the evening.
Tift County next moves into its regular season. Warner Robins will be in town Aug. 23.