Dougherty County has four public high school football teams playing within the same region and the coaches of those teams admit to being competitive with each other, but during the September 20 Kiwanis of Dougherty County program, they also shared their similarities in goals for players in both coaching and preparing for life.
Albany, Dougherty County, Monroe, and Westover high schools all compete under the Region 1AAA heading of the Georgia High School Sports Association. As part of the Dougherty County School System, their head coaches are all supervised by DCSS athletic director Johnny Seabrooks, a DoCo Kiwanian and a recent inductee into the Albany State University Sports Hall of Fame. Seabrooks introduced his four coaches to present their overviews of the 2010 season, which got underway in late August.
The program kicked off with Coach Charles Truitt of the Monroe High School Tornadoes. MHS is off to a 3-1 start in what Truitt described as “a tough region” and “a big challenge.” His team, he said, are “good kids who are working hard.” The team had five players returning on offense and six came back on the defensive squad.
Coach Felton Williams of the Albany High School Indians said his team is “making improvements, and every week we are seeing improvements with the kids.” Albany High’s record currently stands at 1-2, but Williams has hopes for improvement with nine starters who returned this year on offense and 10 coming back on the defensive line.
Coach Octavia Jones from the Westover High Patriots (with a current record of 1-3) noted there are 97 players in the Westover program and that he is seeing success and strides in improvement in weekly drills. Jones emphasized that he and his staff “stress not just better football players, but also better people,” and added that he wants his players to take lessons they learn on the field into their lives for a better future.
Reporting for the Dougherty Comprehensive High School Trojans, head coach Jessie Hicks commented that a key to coaching success is “keeping involved with what’s going on with the kids.” DCHS is currently playing .500 ball with a 2-2 win/loss record.
The coaches were unanimous in expressing appreciation for community support, especially to the DoCo Kiwanians for providing team meals prior to home games.
The coaches of Dougherty County high school football teams – from left, Felton Williams, Albany High; Jessie Hicks, Dougherty Comprehensive High; Charles Truitt, Monroe High; and Octavia Jones, Westover High – listen to the DoCo Kiwanis program on September 20.