October 31, 2005
ALBANY - The Dougherty high school football team had a great regular season, with nine victories against just one loss, and took home the Region 1-AAA championship.
While the Trojans are happy with what they've accomplished so far, they know there's still a lot of work to be done.
Dougherty football coach Carror Wright says this is exactly where he expected his team to be at the end of the regular season.
"They set their goals, number one they were going to win the region championship and be in the state playoffs. Their next goal is to win the state but I told them lets take it one game at a time and we'll see what happens."
Senior quarterback Ronnie Nelson says, "We're not satisfied yet. Our goal is to go farther than we did last year, and we know it's the situation where you either win or go home, so we want to keep playing, and keep our season going."
The Trojans open up with Troup in the first round of the playoffs, and senior Morrell Jones expects the game to have a definite tone.
"A lot of hitting. We know they run the ball. They know we hit. We're gonna hit."
Dougherty played Saturday, so they only have six days to prepare, which Wright says will make things difficult.
"It's somewhat of a disadvantage. It means the other team had a chance to rest more and a chance to watch us play on Saturday night, but we'll take it anyway we can get it."
The seniors say they're looking forward to playing at home.
"We feel very comfortable playing at home, and hopefully we can pull a win out in front of our home crowd this weekend," says Nelson.
Jones adds, "I'm been waiting for a championship since I was a freshmen. We've been talking about this since we were freshmen, so it's very important."
Dougherty will play Troup high school Friday night at 7:30 at Hugh Mills Stadium.