TIFTON - The Tift County Blue Devils were glad to be home Tuesday night as they took a pair of soccer games from the Berrien Rebels.
In the first time the Devils have seen home turf in four weeks, the girls took a shortened 10-0 victory while the boys won, 5-1.
Tift had several chances early to score on the Rebels, but did not break through until Juan De Santiago scored at 31:30 off a pass from James Ni.
Other chances came via a pair of corner kicks, but Berrien was able to tip away both attempts. Josue Pimental, however, gave them a 2-0 lead when his shot bounced past the goalkeeper at 23:00. That would end scoring for the 1st half.
Berrien's defense held for most of the 2nd half, the game remaining tight as Tift missed two shots high and one wide in a seven-minute span.
That would change as David Martinez was assisted by Cameron Earls at 18:45 and eight minutes later, it was Martinez again, this time on a rebound of a shot by Pimental.
Facing a 4-0 deficit, Berrien finally cracked the scoreboard with a goal by Carter Pope. Tift, though, would close out scoring as Edgar Zermeno cleaned up a rebound.
The Rebelettes were able to slow down their hosts' high-powered offense in the early going of Tuesday's opener, but the constant pressure would soon become too much.
Blakeley Bergeron was denied two early shot attempts before Sarah Alberson came through at 31:30 off Bergeron's assist.
Three minutes later, Betsy Brooks scored through a crowd after a corner kick was tipped in front of goal.
Alberson boosted the score to 3-0 at 21:30 and the offense started making themselves known.
Lisbeth Cortes slid a kick into the corner with 15 minutes remaining. That was followed by back-to-back goals by Scarlett Hogan and Bergeron, who stuck with her shot despite falling down at the sidebar.
Berrien was able to advance it deep into Tift territory once in the 1st half, but had difficulties getting the ball to the goal against the Lady Devil defensive front.
Already up 6-0 at halftime, Marianne Walker needed just two minutes to score off a Rebelette defender.
Bergeron, who was everywhere on offense, next assisted Alberson's third goal of the day at 36:00, then on their ninth goal, one by Betsy Brooks.
Bergeron ended the game on the mercy rule when she scored at 23:45.
The Lady Devils will celebrate senior night Friday against Colquitt County. The Blue Devils will wait a bit longer; their senior celebrate will take place April 14 against Valdosta.