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TIFTON — The Tift County Blue Devils' football absence will extend at least one more week. The Tift County School System announced Saturday that the team won't be playing at Thomas County Central next Friday.

A press release from the school stated: "Tift County Schools has recently been informed that the Department of Public Health has decided to quarantine our varsity football team through Wednesday, Sept. 23. This decision comes after 4 players and 1 coach have tested positive in the last week. The school system will continue to do our part to work with health officials in making informed decisions on the health and safety of our school system and community. Tift County Schools will provide updates to the community as they become available."

Tift County's game against Valdosta Sept. 11 was canceled because of positive COVID tests. The team last played Sept. 4.

If the Blue Devils can resume their schedule Sept. 25, they will host Coffee.

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