“Dougherty is Dougherty. They always have a lot of size and ability and they play tough, hard-nosed football,” said Cairo coach Tom Fallaw. The Trojans, coached by former Shaw High School coach Charles Flowers, has turned their season around after struggling under the new system last season. “They’ve got a proven winner as their head coach. They were trying to learn his system last year, but he’s getting things going over there now,” said Fallaw.
Dougherty returns quarterback Felton Walls and wide receiver Adrain Davis, just to name a few college prospects with the Trojans, including possibly three or four other division one prospects. Walls threw for over 1,500 yards last season and scored 18 touchdowns for the Trojans.
Defensively, the Trojans return several key players from last season, including Nicholas Mulkey and linebackers Baisden and Tavarees Burks, all potential D-1 players.
The Syrupmakers defeated the Trojans 48-13 last year in Albany, but the Cairo head coach is always wary of region 1-AAA opponents. “I’ve said it all year, everyone in this region is tough, and any Friday you play, you face a challenge. This week is no different,” Fallaw said.
Game time for the Cairo-Dougherty game is 7:30 p.m. Friday night. If you can’t travel to the game, the live broadcast will be aired on WGRA-AM 790 and on the Internet at WGRA.net.