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Yellow Jackets stomp past Tift County

Mar. 8—THOMASVILLE — The Yellow Jackets picked up yet another region win as both the boys and girls teams knocked off Tift County in this first cycle of region games.

On the girls side, they completed their sixth shut out in a row with a 5-0 win over Tift. The Lady Jackets have not relinquished a goal in any region game this season and with the five goals scored on Wednesday night, Central has now outscored their opponents 37-2 this season.

For head coach Tony Voyles, the fact that his team hasn't been scored on in six games is delightful.

"These shut outs are making me the happiest of all," said Voyles. "You don't lose games if you don't give up goals. I'm so pleased with how our defensive line is playing, our goalkeeper is playing and even midfield and strikers are just working so hard to defend properly as a team and deny the opponents time and space with the bal and it just makes all the difference."

Central's top scorer Bailey Maroney, who is averaging two goals per game and has 12 on the season, scored twice against Tift. Jordyn Tillman, Addie Vickers and Paige Parkerson each had one.

On the boys side it was Oliver Perez who stood out among the crowd. In the Yellow Jackets 6-2 win Perez netted the first three Central goals, giving him his second hat trick in a row. His first came in a 5-3 win over Veterans on March 1.

"I don't even know if I can put the words right to explain how important and how nice that is. Oliver has been a good player the whole time he's been here, but he's really taken it to the next level this year as a senior," Voyles said. "He came into pre-season just super fit, which had been probably a bit of a weakness in his game in the past. I don't even know exactly what he did, but on his own he got himself super fit and it's just allowed him to get himself around the field more and be so much more active. He's just an intelligent soccer player and it's just all coming together for him this year."

Lee Duvergel followed Perez with a pair of goals in the second half and Drew Reneau solidified the Yellow Jackets 6-2 win with a late goal to seal it.

The Yellow Jackets next home game will be against Northisde with the girls beginning at 5:30 p.m. with the boys to follow.