Blue Devils power lift in the offseason

Tift County football players compete for a chance to win the power lift contest. / Jon Benson

It's the offseason for football teams and players have the chance to prepare for the fall.

One way the Tift County Blue Devils get ready for the 2014 season is hosting an annual power lift contest.

The 3rd Annual Power Lift Meet is a chance for head coach John Reid to see who has been working all winter or sitting around.

Coach John Reid said, "If these boys want a chance to play on Friday night, this contest shows me who has been working and who hasn't."

The lift contest consist of three different lifts; squat, bench, and powerclean. The athletes are broken up into their weight class, with ten different class. Last year's winner was Jermarion Billington a defensive back who took home the trophy, and this year the competition is only getting tougher.

Reid said, "This year we have about 100 different athletes competing, ranging from the tenth grade and up."

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