August 18, 2006
It was defense and a strong kicking game that took Tift County to the state playoffs in Jay Walls' first season with the Blue Devils.
The Devils defense should be even tougher to score on but the question for Tift County is can their offense find the endzone.
The Tift County Blue Devils averaged 31 points in their first five non-region games last year. But that number dropped significantly when they hit the games that counted.
Head coach Jay Walls said "We feel like we didn't get done on offense last year but we feel like we can be better."
And Tift County plans to better with an experienced offensive line and a talented receiving corps that features the top high school receiver in the state in Israel Troupe who has already committed to the University of Georgia.
The quarterback thorwing the football to Troupe this season will be Sean Baxley.
Walls said "He lacks experience but he is fundamentally sound. A smark kid and he is has been working hard. And we think is going to get it done."
The defense was Tift County's strength last year and it should only be stronger with eight starters returning including ends Jay Gaskins and Anthony Woods, linebacker Jeffrey Searcy and defensive back Randy Parker.
The Blue Devil defense also benefits from kicker Charlie Edwards whose field goal range is well beyond 50 yards.
Walls said "He is stronger than he was last year. All of his kicks are going into the endzone. His punts, he is turning over most of them. Really doing just a great job punting the ball."
And the Blue Devils know they will need to be strong in all phases of the game in
Walls said "There is no weak sister. Everybody is great on defense. Everybody can score points. Everybody is just solid."
Tift County opens the season at home on September first against Brooks County.