TIFT CO., GA (WALB) - The 2017 State champion Blue Devils held their celebration parade Thursday evening.
It was the second championship parade in 4 years for Tift County basketball.
Friday wasn't just about praising the boys for their 7A title, but it was a thank you to the fans.
"Today is for everybody that pushed us, yelled for us, paid their 8 dollars to get in the game, drove up to Georgia Tech, supported us throughout.," said head coach Eric Holland.
This wasn't forward PJ Horne's first rodeo. He was a member of the 2014 parade as a freshman, and he said the second time around was an emotional ride.
"It's eyeopening to know how many fans support us," said the Virginia Tech commit.
Fans filled the Tifton streets just like they filled the Palace all year long.
The parade started at Tifton Mall, but the championship journey began months ago.
"When we first started. It was hard it was a grind, but we got through it," said Horne of their title run.
The fruits of their labor, in the form of a trophy, kept them company on the ride.
But it paled in comparison to the company they received when they returned to the Tifton mall.
Players were treated like rock stars. The hometown heroes signed shirts and posed for pictures.
Holland credits this same energy from the fans for their title run.
"We and people cheering for us to play hard, versus us playing hard and then for them to cheer,"said Holland. "And I think that's very important when you're trying to win a championship."
Can't argue with results.