Four weeks of the high school football regular season are in the books, and it has already brought one rare sight, at least to fans in Albany/Dougherty County.
Three of the county’s four public school teams find themselves sitting in a three-way tie for first place after only one week of region play.
One of those squads just happens to be the Dougherty Trojans. They notched their first Region 1-AAA win of the season after shutting out Worth County, 20-0 at Hugh Mills Stadium last Friday.
Dougherty (2-2, 1-0 1-AAA) grabbed an 18-0 halftime lead, thanks largely to two touchdown runs by Ezekiel Knowles, plus a quarterback sneak into the end zone by Sharoski Griffin.
A safety due to a bad snap on a Worth County punt late in the third quarter was the only scoring to be had in the second half, thus leading to the final score.
“I played a big role, too, but I can’t do (any) thing without my offensive line,” Knowles said about his team’s effort offensively. “They made a habit of putting the holes there, and I just had to hit it, hit it hard, and get in there.”
With a bye week coming up before facing off against cross-town rival Westover at Hugh Mills Stadium Oct. 3, Dougherty head coach Charles Flowers that the time off couldn’t have come at a better time for the Trojans.
“We need this week off to get some guys well, and banged up, and get ready for Westover,” he said.
Don’t be surprised if the race for this year’s mythical “City of Albany/Dougherty County” championship turns into a potential battle for playoff positioning, if not a region championship.
QUICK HITTERS: Both local GISA teams pitched shutouts in convincing wins last week. Deerfield-Windsor (3-2) won back-to-back games for the first time this season, as the Knights blanked Pinewood, 20-0, at home. Sherwood Christian (3-1) wasted no time in bouncing back its first loss of 2009, as the Eagles eased past Fullington on the road, 27-0. Lee County (0-4, 0-2 GHSA Region 1-AAAA) is one of two local teams still looking for their first win of the season. The Trojans lost to Hardaway in Columbus, 52-38. The only other winless local team is Albany High.
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By Walter L. Johnson II