Tift teams make season debut at Soap Bowl

Qa Clines finds a running lane during the 2018 Soap Bowl.

TIFTON — Come out to a football game today Tift County fans, and don’t forget to throw in the towel.

The annual Soap Bowl takes place at Tift County’s mini-stadium starting at 5 p.m. It is a combination of intra-squad scrimmages and a way to help out Blue Devils athletics.

Head coach Ashley Anders said there are a variety of items fans can bring in as donations. Laundry detergent, preferably high-efficiency (HE) is requested. “Bleach is accepted,” he said, about the HE varieties. Tift County is also looking for white towels.

Anders said the first group on the field today are the sixth graders. They will play until 5:30, then give way to a scrimmage between the seventh and eighth grade. At 6 p.m., eighth will take on ninth. Ninth and junior varsity play at 6:30, before the varsity scrimmages itself at 7 p.m.

“We’ll put 30 minutes on the clock,” he said. While each game is only 30 minutes in length, he pointed out that many kids will be on the field an hour because they are scrimmaging twice.

Anders said the concession stand will be open for fans.

The Soap Bowl is one of the Blue Devils’ oldest preseason events, having been held since 2015. Originally just for varsity players, it later became a showcase for all Tift County middle and high school teams. This is the last step of the season before they play another school. The Blue Devils are scheduled to go to Lee County next Thursday.

The regular season will begin at home Aug. 23 against Warner Robins at Brodie Field.

While most teams are like Tift County and are to play scrimmages next week, a few squads warm up against another team tonight. Valdosta will be at Glynn Academy and, in area schools, Irwin County is going to Brooks County and Fitzgerald hosts Coffee. Turner County played at Berrien Thursday.

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