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      The Tift County Turnaround

      It was a difficult start in Tift County for Head Coach John Reid last season. / Pat Moroney


      It was a difficult start in Tift County for Head Coach John Reid last season.

      The Blue Devils went 2-8 in one of the toughest regions in the state, 6A-1. Heading into his second year with the program, there's much more optimism.

      Their starting quarterback, Ryan Wedgeworth, is a returning starter and has worked hard to improve during the offseason. The combination of turnover on the coaching staff and an 0-6 region record made training easy.

      "Our workout program was really good," Wedgeworth said. "We brought all these coaches in and they added a lot of fuel on the fire."

      Several of the new assistants have coaching experience at the college level. Still, it will be tough to turn in a winning season in a region with powerhouses like Camden County and Colquitt County.

      "You take it one down at a time," Reid said. "See if you can put some games together back to back. I think that'd be good for this program."

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