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NASHVILLE -- After suffering a 29-22 loss to Brooks County last Friday, the Irwin County Indians feel like they are going to begin the playoffs this week on the road against the Berrien High Rebels.

The game is a Region 2-AA contest and Irwin currently has two losses on the year in the league. Another loss in the tight league race could end Irwin's chances at the state playoffs.

"Right now we are in the playoffs, because we can't afford another loss," said Irwin head coach Jute Wilson.

Berrien will come in with three region losses, the latest being to Charlton, 41-13 last Friday. However, Wilson is not taking the Rebels lightly.

"They are hungry for a win. They have shown a lot of scrappiness and heart this season," said Wilson. "They have nothing to lose and when you play someone like that it scares you."

Berrien High head coach Mike Creasman is looking forward to the game, as well.

"Irwin has a good team. They played Fitzgerald tough and they then went down to Bainbridge and beat them," said Creasman.

The loss to Brooks last week should also fire up the Indians, according to the Berrien head coach.

"They are going to come in here fired up, because they understand how important this game is," said Creasman.

Charlton took advantage of Berrien's mistakes last Friday, according to the head coach.

"They are an awfully good football team. We fumbled the ball a couple of times early and they jumped on us and didn't look back," said Creasman.

"Charlton is just one of the many good football teams in our region this year. We have an extremely deep region," Creasman said.

Wilson echoes those comments.

"We turned the ball over three times and Brooks didn't turn the ball over once," said Wilson about Irwin's loss last Friday. "You can't do that against a good football team and expect to win."

The Indians did play well on the defensive front, according to Wilson.

"Our front seven played a great game. We held them to 47 yards rushing on 31 carries. They just completed two big passes on us and they also recovered one of their fumbles in the end zone. They converted the big play and we didn't," Wilson said.

Linebacker Clayton Sirmans led Irwin with 22 total tackles.

"He was all over the field for us. He did an outstanding job," the Irwin head coach stated.

While Wilson is hoping his team can regain some confidence tomorrow night, Creasman is also hoping for a good night.

"Our kids' attitude has been outstanding. We want to gain some confidence and see what happens the rest of the season," said Creasman.

Game time in Nashville is set for 7:30 p.m.



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