DOUGHERTY CO., GA (WALB) - The Dougherty football team hasn't had a winning season since 2008.
They're sick and tired of losing, and Corey Joyner expressed that to his bunch before practice Friday.
The Trojans have just 7 wins in the past four seasons.
They're well aware of that, and have worked all summer to improve.
2017 is a clean slate--and the Trojans also enjoyed an infusion of former Albany High talent (12 players).
"We're both hungry coming from Albany High and Dougherty because we haven't really been winning programs," said senior leader Anphernee Jordan. So we're really hungry coming into the season. That was enough motivation alone, so us coming together, it was simple."
Senior defensive back Devin Cooper shared his sentiments. The Seniors on the team were instrumental in ensuring harmony between the former Indians and Trojans.
"They wasn't successful over there, we haven't been either. So coming in that's our biggest goal," said Cooper.
Coach Joyner and the Trojans are confident change is coming on the East side.
"Our biggest improvement is the communication on the field, offense and defense, and all that came with the experience level of a bunch of the guys coming back," said Joyner, entering his 6th year leading Dougherty. "With almost 18 guys coming back, we got a lot of experience on the field now and with the inclusion of some of the guys from Albany High, we're going to look pretty good this year."
The Trojans will look for win number one when they open the season at Turner County on August 18th.
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