August 7, 2006
Albany - Everyone at Dougherty High is feeling upbeat about the Trojans football program after last season's 13-2 record and a trip to the AAA state champinoship game.
Everyone but head coach Carror Wright who lost 32 seniors from that squad.
For Dougherty High fans who want to know what kind of team the Trojans will have this season.
Head coach C. Wright can sum it up in one word.
C. Wright said "They are real young. And it is a difference when you put a 14 or 15 year old or a freshman or sophomore up against a 17 or 18-year old senior."
Wright maybe thinking about renting some heavy equipment for the rebuilding job he has to do this year.
The Trojans have just three starters returning. Fortunately they are very good players in defensive lineman Tracy Bradley, receiver, Michael Nelson and free safety Terence Cheeks.
Cheeks said "It is alot of pressure. I can't do it by myself. I have got alot of great teammates. We listen to our coaches we will get to where we are supposed to be."
The big question is who will play quarterback.
Kirby Love is penciled in as the starter and Felton Walls could see playing time under center.
While in the backfield Dominque Sheely and Rico Watts look to help the quarterbacks by giving Dougherty a potent rushing attack.
After winning the region title last year, coach Wright is just hoping his team can somehow earn a state playoff berth this year.
Wright said "For the first time I can say in a long time we might be behind. We have got our work cut out for us to keep from being dead last."
Dougherty opens the season at home on Saturday September second against Northeast Macon.