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Tift County Sticking to Routine

December 8, 2006

Tifton -- The Tift County football team will be playing in the Georgia Dome for the first time since 1997 Saturday, as the Blue Devils take on Roswell in the state semifinals.

Playing on a Saturday is nothing new for Tift County, as they've already done it three times this season.

The Devils won all three games.

While playing inside on turf will be a change, Tift County attempted to neutralize the difference by practicing on the turf in Valdosta Thursday.

Even with all the challenges and changes a team faces playing in the Georgia Dome, head coach Jay Walls says he'll try to keep his team in its routine.

"You want to try and keep your routine as normal as possible, because of where you are going to play," says Walls. "We're on the road. We're in the Georgia Dome. There's a lot of different things. So everything else you can do you try to keep like you've been doing."

Senior Israel Troupe says, "We're playing out state championship game on Friday. That's how we approach every playoff game now. We've done something that hasn't been done in a long time, which feels great. And we have the community behind us too, which is great also."

A win would put Tift County in the state championship game for the first time since they won it in 1983.