To be such big football fans that they rarely miss a Dougherty High Trojan practice, much less out-of-town games, you’d think that 51-year-old twins Clem and Tim Washington would have once played the sport they so dearly love.
Not a chance.
Their mother would have none of it.
Was the Washingtons’ mother afraid her boys would get hurt playing the often-brutal sport?
“Nope,” Tim said. “Mama wouldn’t let us play because there was too much work to be done in the fields. Peas and corn. Not enough time for games.”
Still, there was time for the boys to develop into huge football fans. The two Sunnyland Farms employees remember joining the Trojan cause when schools integrated when they were middle-schoolers, and they recall Dougherty High’s first region championship like it was yesterday a few years later.
“We were seniors. Thirty-one years ago. And we’ve been Trojans ever since,” Tim said.
Many years later, they were in attendance at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta in 1998 when their beloved alma matter won Dougherty County’s first state football championship.
“I’ll never forget it. Never,” Clem said.
The twins love hoops, too; they are staples at Trojan basketball games.
But football is their primary sports love. Dougherty kicks off its 2009 campaign Thursday again Americus-Sumter on Thursday at Hugh Mills Stadium.
“I can’t wait for the new season. We are going to be good. Tough to beat,” Tim added. “I’m ready to go back to the Dome.”
For a complete look at Dougherty and Lee county’s prospects, schedules and rosters, except for Deerfield-Windsor School, which was featured last week, see The Albany Journal’s 2009 prep football previews in Section B.