THOMASVILLE -- A weightlifting competition will be held at the Butler-Mason YMCA gym on Dec. 11.

It will costs $15 to compete and those participating will receive a muscle shirt.

The contest will be divided into three divisions with three different competitions.

In the first division, the first part will see how many reps can be done on a 135-pound bench press, the second will be a 30-pound curl and the last will be with 185-pound leg press. The combined score will determine the division's winner.

The second division will be with 185-pound bench press, 40-pound curl and 225-pound leg press. The third will consist of 225-pound bench press, 50-pound curl and 315-pound leg press.

Registration will begin Monday and the deadline is Nov. 29.

THOMASVILLE -- Tift County's five wins in six games to start this year helped serve notice to the rest of Region 1-AAAAA that the Blue Devils were back on track to respectability.

The Blue Devils' 34-2 spanking over Valdosta helped solidfy their position as a playoff contender.

The reason behind Tift's remarkable turnaround could stem to Tommy Flowers' hiring as defensive coordinator two years ago. The former linebackers coach at Thomas County Central is in charge of a Blue Devils' defense that's allowing just 12 points a game.

"I can't believe how quickly it's changed. I didn't think we would be this far this soon," Flowers said.

Flowers' surprise is understandable considering Tift had allowed an average 28 points the year before his arrival. Flowers' biggest challenge was helping turn around the team's attitude after it managed just four wins the year before he was hired.

"They didn't have much of a work ethic. Going to football was like going to a dagum club meeting," said Flowers. "There was not a whole lot of commitment." The commitment has shown this year, espcially following the Blue Devils' victory over the Wildcats on Oct. 1. It's that type of win that can serve as a springboard for Flowers and the rest of the Blue Devils' coaching staff.

"There's a lot of enthusiasm. The Valdosta game was a huge shot in the arm," said Flowers. "We still struggle, every win has been close games."

"Tommy's a durn good coach," said Flowers' former boss, Central head coach Ed Pilcher. "They've played defensively, well all year long. He's doing a great job over there. I think it's quite evident with his work ethic with the kids in the weight room, they've improved immensely in that area.

"I think his work ethic on the field, as far as what he expects from his kids in how to play, they play hard. They've made the plays when they had to make the plays defensively. Nobody's scoring a lot of points on them."

Flowers is no stranger to dominating defenses. He was part of a Yellow Jackets defense that stymied opponents during their run of five state titles in six season.

"We run the old defensive scheme like we did back in the 90s," said Flowers. "The weight program is almost identical. The practice schedule is very similar, there's a lot of contact."

Tift's biggest challenge may come this Friday against the powerful Lowndes Vikings, a squad that's averaging 43 points a game.

"They're out of this world," Flowers said. "Lowndes is a great team. We've got to play well every game. We felt we should've won the game against Coffee."

The Trojans beat the Blue Devils 16-14 last week after a costly fumble by Tift was returned for a touchdown late in the fourth quarter.

As good as Tift's defense has shown this year, however, Flowers insists it's not where it needs to be.

"We're a lot better football team but still have a long way to go," added Flowers.

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