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Blue Devils are on the way up

August 8, 2002

 A 5-5 season might not sit well with some teams but Tift County fans will take it after the Blue Devils won just three games in their previous two campaigns.

 Head Coach Tommy Seward said "Winning is contagious and unfortunately so is losing. So, it is a pivotal thing as far as confidence and kids knowing they can win."

A new winning attitude is what the Blue Devils expected when they brought long time assistant Tommy Seward back to Tifton. Now in his second season, the players know what they need to do this August.

Senior tight end/defensive end Xavier Jordan said "Every play counts for us. Every yard, everyting counts for us so we work harder at the little things because even an inch may cost us a game." Back for his second season is quarterback Josh Allen who threw for more than one thousand yards last year.

 Tight end Xavier Jordan is one of several talent targets for Allen while the backfield will be running back by committee.

The defense has some rebuilding to do especially at linebacker.

However, Keion Brown and Wayne Rigsby will lead the front line while hard hitting free safety Justin DeBerry will lead the secondary.

 Free safety Justin DeBerry said "We've got a good looking defensive line. We have got a bunch of young linebackers. The ones we have in there now, I thinkg they are going to be good."

While Tift County did win five games last season, the Blue Devils five losses were all to region opponents.

 The Blue Devils had chances to win some of those region games which has given Tift County another much needed boost of confidence.

 Coach Seward said "We've got an even tougher schedule this year that we did last year. We picked up Houston County and Fitzgerald and then the region schedule. So, it is a murderous schedule. We feel like that will make us better."

Tift County opens its second season under Tommy Seward on August 30th against Southeast Macon.