The Irwin County football team is back to work this offseason to make up for a relatively down year.
Head coach Buddy Nobles is entering his 4th season at the helm.
He's returning about a dozen starters from last year's squad
That was the team that started the year 1-3, before bouncing back to make a deep postseason run.
Nobles believes lessons from last year will carry over into the fall.
"I think we learned how to get back up last year," said Nobles. "I showed the kids a thing called Hearns and Hagler. It showed how guys were ready for anything got back up did everything. That s what we're telling our kids this year. We want to make next play be greater."
Nobles isn't easy on his players. He demands the best from them, and that's what he's gotten tallying 29 wins in his first three seasons.
"He treats us withe respect, and all he demands is we treat him respect also," said senior linebacker DJ Martin. "He jumps your butt, but its all for the better because he wants to see us do great things."
The Indians have been working diligently to improve from last year since they were knocked out of the quarterfinals. The road to victory in Irwin County isn't privy to shortcuts.
"It takes a lot of dedication to be an Irwin county Indian," said senior tight end Hunter Spires. "We do a lot more summer practices and stuff like that."
Irwin County opens the season August 18th at home against Berrien.
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