Dougherty's stiffest competition
will once again come from Cairo, who should be even better than it was
last season when the Syrupmakers finished the season 7-4. If Cairo can
survive an early non-region schedule that includes Thomasville, Bainbridge
and Thomas County Central and be healthy before opening region play against
Westover on Oct. 13, the Syrupmakers have a strong chance to improve on
last season's record. The Syrupmakers don't play Dougherty until Oct.
27, a game that should decide the region champion.
Cairo plans to get the ball
often in the hands of senior wide receiver Cameron Wade (6-6, 190), a
strong prospect who has verbally committed to Florida State.
After Dougherty and Cairo, the remainder of the region isn't as clear.
Crisp County hopes to rebound from a dismal 2005 campaign, one in which
the program finished an uncharacteristic 2-9 and lost its final two games
to Cairo and Shaw by a combined score of 83-0. Several underclassmen started
for the Cougars last season, and there is enough talent for the team to
contend for a playoff spot.
Westover started off last season
with two straight wins, then lost seven of its last eight and missed out
on the postseason. Monroe lost a wealth of talent from last season's playoff
team and the Tornadoes likely won't contend for a playoff berth this season.
Worth County welcomes new coach
Harris Rainbow who is expected to turn around a program that went 1-9
in 2005. The school is a combined 10-30-1 during the past four seasons
and hasn't made the playoffs in three years.
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