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Dougherty facing tough opening round opponent

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February 20, 2008

Albany -- For the second year in a row, the Dougherty boys basketball team won the Region 1-AAA tournament, and earned a top seed in the state playoffs.

But the Trojans did not getting any breaks in the opening round, as they host Washington County Friday night.

The Golden Hawks won twenty games this season, and have four players on their roster listed at 6-foot-3 or taller.

That includes 215 pound Division-I linebacker recruit Brandon Watts.

Dougherty head coach Donald Poole says Washington County definitely uses its size to its advantage, and he's not surprised by the strength of the Trojans opponent.

"Everybody now is good," says Poole, "no matter what their record is. Everybody is good, and we look forward to the challenge of playing Washington County. They bring the total package when they come. "

Dougherty and Washington featuring two different styles of play, as the Trojans light up the scoreboard with over 72-points per game, and the Hawks hold opponents to about 45.

Dougherty lost in the second round of the state tournament last year, but coach Poole says they're only thinking about this week's contest.

"We just take it one game at a time," says Poole. "We're not going to play it like it's their last game. We're just going to play, and have fun, and where ever the chips fall, hopefully they fall in our favor."

Dougherty hosts Washington County this Friday night.