When: Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Hugh Mills Stadium, Albany
2010 Records: Americus-Sumter (4-3, 3-0 Georgia High School Association Region 1-AAA)
Dougherty (2-5, 0-3 GHSA Region 1-AAA)
Last Week: Americus-Sumter defeated Crisp County, 31-28. Dougherty lost to Cairo, 56-0.
All-time series record: Americus-Sumter leads 3-1
First meeting: Dougherty 41, Americus-Sumter 14 (2006)
Last meeting: Americus-Sumter 23, Dougherty 7 (2009)
Americus-Sumter and Dougherty will meet on the football field for the fifth straight season, their first as foes of Georgia High School Association Region 1-AAA, as the Panthers drop from Class AAAA. The teams enter this contest going in different directions, with Americus-Sumter riding a three-game winning streak since starting the 2010 season at 1-3, while Dougherty has dropped three straight contests.
Americus-Sumter County High School was created in 2004, due to the consolidation of the city and county high schools in the Americus area. The current Panthers program is 23-47 entering Friday’s game against Dougherty.
Before the merger, the old Americus Panthers compiled an all-time record of 447-180-14 from 1948-2003, according to the Georgia High School Football Historians Association. During that span, the Panthers won 20 region championships, and seven state titles, with the most recent crowns coming in 2001 and 2002. Also, the former Americus High School was 6-3-1 against Dougherty between 1968 and 2003.
As for Dougherty, the Trojans football program has compiled an all-time record of 238-258-4 since 1963. One of the greatest runs of sustained success in terms of wins came under legendary head coach Luther Welsh during the 1970s, as the Trojans had six straight winning seasons from 1973 to 1978, winning a region title in 1976. Another came under John Reynolds, who was 86-42 in 11 seasons at Dougherty from 1989 to 1999, with the Trojans taking a home a state championship in 1998.
The Trojans not only lost their last three games to Westover, Crisp County,
and Cairo, all in GHSA Region 1-AAA action, they’ll also try to stop a three-game losing streak against Americus-Sumter, with their last win coming in the inaugural meeting against the merged program: 2006.
Additionally, at 0-3 in region play, Dougherty must win all three of its remaining games to assure itself of a playoff berth. After Americus-Sumter, the Trojans have games remaining against Worth County and Monroe to wrap up the 2010 regular season.
On the web: Georgia High School Football Historians Association (www.ghsfha.org)