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CHS to host Dougherty Friday

The Dougherty Trojans enter Friday night’s region contest with the Cairo Syrupmakers looking to turn things around from an 0-2 start in region play.  The Trojans are 2-4 on the season with wins over Clarkston and Wilkinson County. The Trojans finished last season with a 4-6 record.  At the end of last season Dougherty coach Charles Flowers resigned and left for Troup County.  The Dougherty Trojans then hired former Baldwin High School head coach Jesse Hicks.
Hicks’ Baldwin Braves lost to the Syrupmakers last year in round two of the state playoffs.  Hicks led the Braves to an undefeated season in 2008, before losing to Flowery Branch who played the Syrupmakers and lost in the state title game that year. The new Dougherty coach is not new to the Albany area.  Hicks played and lettered in football at Albany State University.
Dougherty is averaging 15.5 points a game but have given up an average of 16.7 points. The Trojans are mainly run oriented but will pass when needed.  Like many Trojan teams of the past, the 2010 edition is getting back to basic Dougherty football. “Dougherty is getting back to being that typical Dougherty team that lines up and just comes right at you, they have a lot of good looking athletes, but right now they are adjusting to a new coach, a guy that was a proven winner at Baldwin,” said Cairo coach Tom Fallaw.
The last time Dougherty defeated Cairo was in 2005.  Cairo has won 9 of the last 10 meetings. Dougherty lost to Crisp County last week 28-26, the Syrupmakers were open. Kickoff is set for 7:30pm at West Thomas Stadium.  The night will also include the introduction of members of the 1990 state championship celebrating the 20th year of their 15-0 season.  At halftime, over 200 former band members will return to the field and join the Cairo Syrupmaker band in a stirring rendition of the all  time Cairo favorite “Battle Hymn.”

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