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      Dougherty Trojans look to reload as a team

      Dougherty County quarterback Michael Whatley working hard to prepare for his last season as a Trojan.

      With the first week of full pads practice starting, the Dougherty County Trojans are not wasting anytime getting ready for the upcoming season. For a team that struggled all last season there is a lot of work to be done on the grid iron. Head Coach Corey Joyner has been getting his guys ready since the start of the offseason, by participating in passing leagues, hitting the weight room, and summer camps.

      Coach Joyner said, I enjoy the passing league because it helps build depth, and it gives the younger guys a chance to learn our system.

      The Trojans entering the season have a small senior class with eight seniors. The seniors might be small in number, but make up with experience, like quarterback Michael Whatley. Whatley returns under center for his third year as a starter and coach Joyner expects big things from his quarterback.

      Coach Joyner said, We have a great upcoming freshman and sophomore class, and these younger kids look at their quarterback (Whatley) as a leader.

      Aside from the offense, the defense is looking strong with eight returning starters. Among those returning are the Trojans linebackers and secondary, which will be the heart and soul of the defense this season.

      Dougherty County will get their first look against another school at Hugh Mills Stadium when they play Mitchell County on August 23rd.