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Claxton looks to earn playoff bid
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Claxton coach Allen Cartwright talks about Friday's game with Bryan County/
The Claxton Tigers can clinch a berth to the playoffs with a win over Bryan County tonight in Pembroke. The Tigers sit at 2-6-1 and 2-3 in region play. Beating Bryan County would ensure them the four seed in region 3-A, sending them on the road to play the one seed out of region 2-A on Nov. 17.
    "It's a big oppurtunity for us," said CHS head coach Allen Cartwright. "To have a chance to make the state playoffs after some of the adversity we've dealt with is great."
    Claxton started the season with three losses and a tie to extend their winless streak to 13. But back-to-back wins on Sept 29 and Oct. 6 put the Tigers in the playoff hunt.
    But then the Tigers lost running back Adrian Brewton and linebacker Tra Bacon for the season to injuries. They're currently on a three-game losing streak heading into tonight's crucial game with a chance at the playoffs for the first time since 2002, and have yet to have a buy week.
    "We desperately need a week off," said Cartwright. "When you have freshmen who have never played at this level, and then they're forced to play 10 straight games, it can get tough."
    The Tigers will face a Redskin team (3-5, 1-3) that has shown improvement in every game this season. They'll be fighting for their playoff lives as well. A BCHS win tonight and next week against Calvary Day would give them the playoff bid.
    "We have to contain they're speed," said Collins. "We know what our identity is and we have to execute to be successful."
    Bryan County is coming off a 14-11 win over Jenkins County and haven't won four games since 2002.
    Even if the Tigers lose, they can still back into the playoffs with a Redskins loss Nov. 10 at Calvary.
    Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m.