Blue Devils believe Dome will be their advantage - WALB.com, Albany News, Weather, Sports

Blue Devils believe Dome will be their advantage

December 6, 2006

Tifton - Playing a football game in the Georgia Dome is a thrill for any high school football player in the state.

But it also a challenge for a coaching staff that has to prepare a team to win a state semifinal game to advance to the state championship game.

Besides playing indoors, the teams in the Georgia Dome this weekend will be playing on sprint turf.

A surface that is far different from the natural grass virtually all teams play on for every other game this season.

To help in their preparations for their AAAAA semifinal against Roswell, Tift County will practice on the sprint turf at Valdosta's Cleveland Field on Thursday.

Head coach Jay Walls believes the fast track could be a big advantage for the Blue Devil offense.

Walls "Because we are a spread offense and you worry about wind and rain when you try to throw the football. I think the conditions are perfect for what we try to do."

 Senior receiver Israel Troupe said "They are a fast team. We are going to try to wear them down. They are not used to it being that warm. So, we are going to try to wear them down." 

Tift County and Roswell play Saturday at 6:00p.m. at the Georgia Dome.

The winner will host the Warner Robins-Peachtree Ridge winner in the state championship game on December 16th.

Thursday we will preview the Clinch County Panthers and on Friday we will take a look at the Early County Bobcats big battle with Charlton Co.

feedback: sports@walb.com?subject=tiftcodome