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The 50's

Tift County Football .........Through the Decades

     

The 50's

Johnny Lipsey continued his assault on South Georgia football teams in 1950.  He took Pig Davis' team to a 9-1 record losing 21-20 to Valdosta in the playoffs despite beating the Cats 33-13 in the regular season.

Against Valdosta in the regular season, Lipsey put together an astounding stat sheet.  His five rushing touchdowns came on runs of 30, 35, 51, 60 an d92 yards.  Would you believe that he was named Georgia Player of the Week?  He was.

The week before that, Lipsey put some unbelievable numbers on one of his personal punching bags--Cairo. He had 210 rushing yards and 129 passing.  Tifton beat Cairo 52-0.

After the Cairo game, Lipsey put together a string of 100-plus yard games that caused a Fitzgerald paper to state that he was better than Lauren Hargrove, who was a Fitzgerald native and an All-Southern Conference running back at Georgia.

Lipsey's high school career even drew some professional attention.  His son Johnny recalls family stories about the San Francisco 49ers calling for his services right out of high school.

After a brief stay at Georgia, Lipsey went on to all-American honors in junior college ball.

Other big contributors to the 1950 team were Wimpy Scott, Edwin Revels, Royce Jones, Ray Grimsley and Bud Brogdon.

Along with Lipsey, they were all named all-state by The Atlanta Constitution.

After Lipsey graduated, a letdown would not have surprised anyone, but Davis' Devils kept right on going.  In 1951, Tifton went 8-2 before losing to Valdosta in the playoffs.  In 1952, they were 7-3 in an era when only two teams made the playoffs.  In 1953, the Devils lost to No. 2 Americus in the playoffs after putting together an 8-1-1 record.

In the early 50s, Sonny Lipsey, Lyndsey Bass, and a host of Devils picked up where Johnny Lipsey left off.  The 51- team got its eighth win on Thanksgiving  in the annual brawl with the Purple Hurricanes.  Tift won that game 18-13 in front of over 4,000 people.

In 1955, the Devils suffered their first losing season since the war.  The 1956 Devils didn't fare much better, but 1957 saw Tifton comeback.

The Devils went 6-4 in 1957 but were 7-3 on the field.  In their opening game, the Devils played an ineligible player in a 21-6 win over Warner Robins.  The extra win propelled Warner Robins into what could have been Tifton's spot in the playoffs.

Vic Vickers was Tifton's only all-state player in the late 50s.  Vickers was all-state in 1957 and went on to play football at Alabama.

Tifton made the playoffs in 1958 but lost to the Crisp County Rebels 13-0 in the playoffs.  This came after playing to a 14-14 tie against the No. 8  Rebels in the final regular season game.

Pig Davis' last year as a Tifton Blue Devil was 1959.  That season started well as the Devils won four of their first six games.  Tifton stumbled down the stretch, however, losing their final four games.

Davis would finish his days in Tifton with the second most wins all-time.  His final record in Tifton was 91-50-3.  The bulk of his wins, 60, occurred during the 50s. 

Year

Record

Percent Devils Opp Coach
1950 9-1-0 90 324 79 Alvin "Pig" Davis
1951 8-3-0 73 194 136 Alvin "Pig" Davis
1952 7-3-0 70 231 155 Alvin "Pig" Davis
1953 8-2-1 77 239 121 Alvin "Pig" Davis
1954 7-3-0 70 262 192 Alvin "Pig" Davis
1955 4-6-0 40 156 234 Alvin "Pig" Davis
1956 3-7-0 30 79 151 Alvin "Pig" Davis
1957 6-4-0 60 121 98 Alvin "Pig" Davis
1958 4-6-1 41 116 160 Alvin "Pig" Davis
1959 4-6-0 40 126 145 Alvin "Pig" Davis
Totals          

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