SYLVESTER -- Despite the 31-21 loss to the Tift County Blue Devils last week at home, the Worth County Rams football team demonstrated that it is indeed, on the right track.
"We showed that we can play with them," said Worth County head football coach Harold Brantley of his AAA Rams' effort against the Class AAAAA Blue Devils.
The Devils drew first blood scoring on their first drive. Worth responded immediately, taking advantage of a long kickoff return and a Tift penalty to the tie the score at seven.
The Blue Devils then pulled ahead scoring consecutive touchdowns to go ahead 21-7. One was a 73-yard catch and run by CJ Hille. Israel Troupe then hauled in a 20-yard scoring strike from Tift quarterback Donnell Cullins giving Tift County the 14-point advantage.
But the Rams fought back on the arm of sophomore quarterback Clayton Edwards, as he put his team in position to score on two short runs. Daniel Lewis scored from the three in at the end of the second quarter . Then in the third quarter Bernard Hope tied the game, crossing from the one.
The Devils finally got the break that some fans may have come to expect, blocking a punt and returning it for a touchdown and what would be the winning points with five minutes left to play in the game. It was a blocked punt that led to the winning touchdown a week earlier against the Brooks County Trojans at Brodie Field.
"Tifton isn't bad," Brantley said. "They played a pretty good game."
The Worth coach admitted that his team put forth a decent effort as well.
"We're still not where we want to be, but we're heading in the right direction," he said.
The sophomore Edwards completed 11 of 30 passes for 188 yards. Hope was Worth's leader on the ground as he rushed for 45 yards on 10 carries. Terrance Daniel caught four of Edwards' passes for 73 yards.
Brantley was also pleased with the play of his offensive line.
"Our offensive line is playing better," said Brantley citing Lewis' touchdown in the second quarter. "We called time out and discussed the play, and they did exactly what we asked them to do."
The Rams continue their season Friday traveling to Moultrie to face their second consecutive Class AAAAA opponent. The Colquitt County Packers have enjoyed some success this season playing what has been a beefed up schedule that includes the likes of Thomas County Central and the Parkview Panthers.
Brantley feels like the key to beating Colquitt will be to continue down the same road.
"We've just got to keep doing what we've been doing. We've got to keep running the ball and then throw it when the run allows us to," he said.
"And we've got to play hard-nosed defense for the entire game. We've played hard-nosed in spots, but we haven't played it for the entire 48 minutes."
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