OCILLA -- A week after falling 32-29 on a last second field goal to rival Fitzgerald, the Irwin County Indians will be off tomorrow night. Even after the loss, the Indians are still ranked No. 9 in this week's Associated Press Class AA football poll.

With this week off, the Indians, "are working on fundamentals and getting ready for the remainder of the season," said Irwin coach Jute Wilson.

Irwin has also spent the week reflecting on the game against Fitzgerald.

"I was extremely proud of our effort. The players played hard and the coaches did a good job of getting them ready. We were able to execute most of what we wanted to do against them," said Wilson.

The Indians jumped out to a 29-7 lead, but could not contain a Carlos Bell-led Fitzgerald comeback. Bell rushed for 178 yards and had a kickoff return for 87 yards and a touchdown.

"We knew Carlos Bell was a dangerous player. We knew if he got in the open field, he would hurt us and he did that on some huge plays. He is a great back and he did what a great back is supposed to do," said Wilson.

"But, like I said we played well. On offense we moved the ball on them and had only one turnover. I was proud of the effort, because we scored 29 points and had 449 yards on a defense that had not allowed a point in its two previous games."

Quarterback T.J. Bryant was 12-for-18 passing for 145 yards. He also rushed six times for 50 yards. Marcus Jackson had a career-high best night receiving with 10 catches for 145 yards and two touchdowns.

P.J. Florence rushed for 118 yards on 15 carries. Chavarous Carlton had 72 yards on 14 carries, while Xavier Wilson had seven rushes for 59 yards.

The coach added, "we were solid all the way around. We just had the one breakdown on special teams when Carlos ran the kickoff back."

About the Fitzgerald comeback, Wilson said, "you got to give it to Fitzgerald. They fought back hard and they showed their character. Some people said we had a letdown, but we just had some setbacks that Fitzgerald took advantage of."

Irwin will be back on the field Sept. 26 against Bainbridge.

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