When: Saturday, September 24, 7 p.m.
Where: Hugh Mills Stadium
What: The Georgia High School Association (GHSA) Region 1-AAA opener for both teams.
2011 records: Dougherty is 1-3; Westover is 2-2.
Last week: Dougherty lost to Wilkinson County, 24-6. Westover lost to Early County, 21-19.
All-time series record: Dougherty leads 35-6.
First meeting: Dougherty 14, Westover 6 (1970)
Last meeting: Westover 13, Dougherty 0 (2010)
The Dougherty Trojans and the Westover Patriots will meet for the 42nd time at Hugh Mills Stadium this weekend. Although it has been a series that Dougherty has dominated for most of its history, Westover has had upper hand in two of the last four meetings, as the Patriots won 35-34 en route to an unlikely run to the state playoffs in 2007, then won last year’s meeting 13-0.
The Patriots have lost back-to-back games by a combined total of five points, after winning two games to start the 2011 season. They crushed Mitchell County, 42-7, and then outlasted Albany High, 13-7, before losing to Bainbridge, 23-20, in triple overtime, and to Early County, 21-19.
The Trojans have had their struggles through their first four games of the season, winning just one contest. They opened with a 39-7 loss to Albany High, followed by a heartbreaking 34-27 setback to Mitchell County, a 40-0 shutout win over Clarkston, and last week’s 24-6 defeat to Wilkinson County.
For Westover, a win would not only mean gaining an early inside track on winning their first region title, but also would move the Patriots one step closer to defending their city of Albany championship, which would improve them to 2-0 against their fellow Dougherty County School System opponents. Westover has never won an outright region title in its 43-year history as a varsity football program. The Patriots, however, swept all three games against the Dougherty County squads to claim the mythical city of Albany crown in 2010.
A win for the Trojans would work wonders for a program that has spent the last five-plus years trying to return to respectability statewide. They’ve won three region titles (1976, 1998, and 2005), as well as one state championship (1998). Dating back to the 2006 season, Dougherty has a combined record of 19-34 (.358), with just one winning season (6-5) during that span.
Source: Georgia High School Football Historians Association (http://www.ghsfha.org/)
Dougherty roster: (1) Ricardo Sloan, So., WR; (2) Kendal Hicks, Sr., WR; (3) Demetrius Reed, Fr., RB; (4) Alford Brown, Jr., QB/RB; (5) Otis McLendon, So., QB/WR; (7) Antravious Jordan, Fr., QB; (8) Mardarius McWhorter, Jr., WR; (9) Joshua Kiser, Fr., QB; (10) Willie Jones, Fr., QB; (11) Kenneth Johnson, So., WR/DB; (12) Amaud Ross, Sr., WR/DB; (14) Tenaurus Dowell, Fr., RB; (15) Randy Barney, So., WR/DB; (16) Stephen Jenkins, So., RB; (17) Michael Whatley, Fr., QB; (19) Domanique Moon, So., DB; (21) Kenneth Jackson, Sr., DB; (22) Demario Barney, So., DB; (25) randy Wright, So., RB; (26) Alexander Johnson, Sr., DB; (33) Travious Wester, Jr., LB; (34) Christopher Rapley, Jr., RB; Ticorey Frazier, Fr., DB; (36) Joshua Fuller, Sr., DB; (37) Carl Rivers, So., DB; (38) Kentravious McKenzie, Jr., DB; (39) Nathan Brown, Jr., RB; (40) Damontre Swinney, Jr., LB; (41) Gregory Hill, So., DB; (45) Robert Hicks, Fr., DB; (46) Deon Randolph, So., RB; (47) McGary Casseus, So., LB; McGary Casseus, So., LB; (49) Sheldon Keith, Fr., LB; (50) Davanta Bradley, So., LB; (54) Christopher Hudson, Fr., LB; Darius Carter, Sr., OL/DL.; (56) Cameron Williams, Sr., OL/DL; (57) Alton Fisher, So., DL; (58) Darrell Holsey, Jr., DL; (59) Mark Jones, Fr., DL; (61) John Graham, Jr., OL/DL; (64) Brandon Burns, Sr., OL/DL; (65) Bedarrius Tinch, So., OL; (66) Brian Bailey, Sr., OL/DL; (67) Demetrius Davis, So., DL; (68) Christopher Bryan, Fr., OL; (690 Kenzell Lawson, Fr., DE; (70) Sadarius Jones, Sr., DL; (71) Cedrick Parker, So., OL; (72) Nathaniel Ware, Jr., OL; (73) Malcolm Barney, Sr., DL; (74) Davontae Wilson, Fr., OL; (79) Domanique Bryant, Sr., OL; (81) Quintavious Strong, Fr., WR; (82) Javontre Burse, Fr., LB; (83) Shaquel McKind, Sr., LB; (84) Tavarius Nelson, Jr., WR/TE; (85) Demetris Mitchell, Jr., TE/OL; (86) Marcus Rembert, Sr., DL/TE; (87) Jamari Brown, Jr., LB/TE; (89) Zachery Jackson, DE, Sr.; (94) Corey Jackson, Fr., LB.
Westover Roster: (1) Nytrellis Ross, Jr., DB/WR; (2) Quintavious Moran, So., RB/DB; (3) Terry Wiley, Jr., P/K/PK/WR; (4) Anthony Hill, Jr., DB/WR; (5) Octerius Jackson, Sr., WR/DB; (6) Dalviness Greene, Jr., DB/RB; (7) Kel Miller, Jr., WR/DB; (8) Jackie Childs, Jr., WR/DB; (9) Marquis Farley, Jr., DB/WR; (10) T.J. Cromer, Jr., QB; (11) Joshua Burton, Jr., DE/TE; (12) Deen Worley, Jr., WR/DB; (14) Ta’Keevian Harris, So., QB/DB; (18) T.J. Wester, Jr., QB/DE; (19) John Wakefield, Jr., DB/WR; (20) Keyshawn Powell, Fr., RB/DB; (21) Delancey Wilson, Sr., DB/WR; (22) Jamal Childs, Sr., DB/WR; (25) McKenny Martin, Jr., RB/DL; (26) Larry Childs, Fr., RB/LB; (28) Christopher O’Neal, So., RB/LB; (30) Tra’ Colbert, Jr., DB/WR; (33) Freddie Stephens, Sr., LB/WR; (34) Shannon Saunders, So., LB/RB; (42) Antravious Parks, Fr., LB/RB; (43) Antravious Parks, Fr., LB/RB; (48) Derrick Akins, Sr., DE/TE; (50) Kameron Wallace, Fr., LB/RB; (51) Danevious Harris, Jr., OL/DL; (52) William Holt Jr., Sr., DE/OL; (53) Tevin Hale, Sr., OL/DL; (54) Demarcus Holloway, Sr., DL/OL; (55) Garrett Hogencamp, Jr., PK; (56) Ben Fowler, Jr., PK; (57) Devin Swan, Jr., OL/DL; (58) Jamie Roberts, Jr., OL/DL; (60) Tanner Stumpe, So., P/K/PK; (61) Shombie Williams, Jr., OL/LB; (63) Curtis Peterson, So., DL/OL; (54) Cameron Johnson, So., DL/OL; (65) Mitchell Barron, Sr., OL; (67) Othellious Cato, Sr., OL/DL; (70) Tony Mosley Jr., So., DL/OL; (74) Christopher Green, 12, DL/OL; (76) Jameri Rozier, So., OL/DL; (77) Quinton Johnson, Sr., OL; (78) Trenton Thompson, Fr., OL/DL; (80) Kenneth Towns, Sr., WR/DB; (82) Kerry Byrd, Sr., DE/TE; (84) Jaquri Shingles, So., WR/DB; (85) Jaelon Benjamin, So., RB/DB; (86) Gebral Hicks, Jr., WR/LB; (87) Brenton Wimberly, So., SR/DE; (88) Hezekiah Johnson, Jr., TE/DE; (90) Jakorri Barron, Jr., LB/RB.