November 28, 2005
Albany -- The Dougherty football team will play for the state championship this weekend.
Not an unfamiliar situation, as the Trojans won it all in 1998.
But that game was played on the road.
The last time the city of Albany hosted a title game was 1939, but Hugh Mills Stadium will be ready.
There's been 35 games played at the Stadium this year, including three in the postseason, so County Athletic Director Johnny Seabrooks says they've had plenty of practice for Saturday's big game.
"We're not going into this without having any knowledge of what we're doing. We pretty much know what we need to do. Expecting a bigger crowd, hopefully, so security is a bigger issue, getting program booklets out, and making sure the field is prepared."
The biggest crowds at the stadium have been about 5,000 this season, but Seabrooks is looking for a much larger turnout this weekend.
"I hope 10,000. This place holds 10,000. It'd be tremendous to have 10,000 people here. They got about 2,000 tickets, so we're expecting about 2,000 people from there. If folks from Dougherty County and the Albany community will come out and support the Dougherty Trojans, we'd be really proud they would do that."
Seabrooks says Dougherty hasn't asked for any special changes for the game.
"Coach Wright is a traditionalist. What we've done to this point he basically wants to go with that. I'm the same way, and we're just ready to kick the ball off on Saturday."
And Seabrooks says he's happy the stadium is a part of the Trojans comfort zone.
"Their tradition, the time they arrive, the spots in the locker room, where they sit, where the coaches warm up, all that is familiar to them. There's nothing like home field advantage when you get to this point in the playoffs."
Tickets for the game are $10.
They go on sale Wednesday at Dougherty High School from 7:30 to 8:30 and from 3:30 to 4:30.
Gates open at the stadium at 6pm on Saturday.