TIFTON -- This past Friday night it was proven that classifications do not always matter in a high school football game. The GISA AA Tiftarea Academy Panthers leveled AAA's Central Fellowship Christian Academy to the tune of a 56-7 whipping, while in the GHSA ranks the class AAAAA Tift County Blue Devils were skunked by the AA Fitzgerald High Purple Hurricanes.

From the opening drive there was little doubt about the outcome of the Tiftarea/Central game. In fact the only question marks were how many points would the Panthers score and how many penalty flags would fall during the contest.

After being caught 15 times, Tiftarea head coach Mayo Tucker admitted, "that's something we're going to have to work on."

There is a sense that the Panthers will not be able to afford 15 fouls against this Friday's opponent, First Presbyterian Day as FPD returns a slew of veterans. The Panthers kick off against their second consecutive AAA opponent at 7:30 at the Panther Pit.

The Blue Devils return home Friday to take on their second consecutive AA opponent, the Irwin County Indians. The Indians were successful in their opener against the Rebels of Turner County.

The Rebels, meanwhile, head to Leesburg for a meeting with the Class AAAA Lee County Trojans, who are still looking for their first win of the 2004 season.

The Berrien High Rebels got into the win column holding off the Lanier Bulldogs. This week the Rebels host Atkinson County. Also in the AA ranks, the Cook High Hornets hope to get their first win of the season as they host Pelham at Adel's Memorial Stadium. Cook fell to Worth County as the Rams went to 2-0 on the young season.

Worth has the week off.

And finally, the Purple Hurricanes take on somebody a little closer to their own size as they host the Perry Panthers at Jaycee Stadium.

In high school softball action the Tiftarea Academy Lady Panthers are in action Thursday at Fullington while the Lady Devils of Tift County High finally get to play at home hosting the Vikettes of Lowndes High Thursday at 4 p.m.

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