When: Saturday, August 27, 7 p.m.
Where: Hugh Mills Stadium
2010 records: Dougherty (2-8, 0-6 GHSA Region 1-AAA), Albany High (2-8, 1-5 GHSA Region 1-AA)
All-time series record: Dougherty leads 18-15
First meeting: Albany 19, Dougherty 12 (1964)
Last meeting: Albany 16, Dougherty 14 (2010)
The 2011 season kicks off this weekend for both the Dougherty Trojans and the Albany High Indians, as they square off against each other for the second straight year after a 14-year hiatus. From 1996-2009, neither school met on the football field.
Last year’s game went down to the wire, as the Indians knocked off the Trojans by two points. That win snapped a seven-game skid against Dougherty dating back to the 1989 season. Prior to the 2010 win, Albany’s last win over Dougherty came in 1988, when the Indians pitched a 35-0 shutout over the Trojans.
Both programs have fallen on hard times in recent years. Albany High hasn’t had a winning season since 2002. The Indians finished 7-5 that season, losing to Pierce County, 35-21, in the second round of the GHSA Class AA state playoffs. As for the Trojans, they’ve had just one winning season since losing to Peach County in the 2005 GHSA Class AAA state championship game. Dougherty finished the 2008 campaign 6-5, losing to LaGrange, 28-6, in the first round of the state playoffs that season.
The winner of Saturday’s contest will try not only to get the 2011 season off to a winning start, but also to take the first step towards taking home the mythical City of Albany championship. That’s not to mention both squads hope to make a serious run at postseason play this year.
Source: Georgia High School Football Historians Association (www.ghsfha.org)