October 11, 2005
Region foes Dougherty and Cairo will square off at Hugh Mills stadium Friday night.
While both teams are undefeated in the region, Dougherty will have the short week after beating Westover Saturday.
The Trojan seniors will be looking to defeat the Syrupmakers for the first time in their careers.
Both Dougherty and Cairo head into Friday night's match-up with perfect 2-0 region records, meaning the game will have a big influence on the playoffs.
Dougherty head coach Carror Wright says, "The game is big. We got one other team in the region that's undefeated, and some that have just lost one or two, but with still three game to play, it can go either way to anybody."
Cairo head coach Tom Fallaw adds, "We always worry about who we have to play next. We stress to our kids we have to be 1-0 every week. That's what makes this big, we're trying to win this one this week."
Coach Wright says playing Cairo is never easy "It's no fun playing Cairo, They always have a good team, they're top-notch. Matter-of-fact, they got us last year and the year before and the year before. This good group of seniors I got have never beaten them."
But Fallaw says, "It's a different season and a different group. What that group achieved last year doesn't mean this group is going to do anything. I don't think Dougherty's going to be any less good because we beat them last year."
Friday Night's game will be played at Hugh Mills Stadium, and both coaches are expecting a great atmosphere.
Wright says, "Hopefully our 12th man, out hometown fans will give us a little push. But even it we played them in the parking lot it'd be tough on us either way."
"We like playing at Hugh Mills. Hugh Mills is a good stadium, good environment. So we're going to go up there and try to beat Dougherty," says Fallaw.
The Syrupmakers won last years match-up 24-7.
Kick-off is set for seven-thirty at Hugh Mills Stadium.