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Mitchell stays perfect; Dougherty falls to 0-2

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

CAMILLA -- Mitchell County completed a sweep of the Albany schools on its schedule Friday night, scoring on its first possession of the evening en route to a 19-6 win against Doughtery, which is now a surprising 0-2.

The Eagles, which beat Westover in their opener last week, added a touchdown in the second quarter and another in the fourth to improve to 2-0 on the year.

"We're looking pretty good in Albany right now," Mitchell County coach Dondrial Pinkins said. "But we can't think about this one too much because we've got to go to Thomasville next week. We'll enjoy this one until Monday."

The Eagles set the tone early in the game, marching 60 yards with their opening possession capped by Modzelle Atkins' nine-yard touchdown run. The big play of the drive was a 26-yard pass from quarterback Derrick Davis to Jesse Atkins that set the Eagles up at the Dougherty 15.

Mitchell County was nursing a 6-0 lead midway in the second period when Atkins lined up as quarterback at their own 23 and streaked 77 yards right up the middle to make it 13-0 with 7:20 remaining in the half.

Dougherty then mounted a 13-play drive that moved the Trojans from their 24 to the Mitchell County 15 and consumed more than six minutes of the clock.

The drive, however, stalled when Dougherty quarterback Sharoski

Griffin was intercepted in the end zone by Mitchell's Jaquan Williams with just a little more than a minute remaining to keep the score 13-0 at the half.

The teams swapped possessions to start the third quarter when Dougherty, powered by 58 yards from Jerry Murray, marched from its 21 to the Mitchell County three, where on fourth and short, Murray crashed into the end zone to make it 13-6 with 10:43 remaining in the game.

But Dougherty's comeback hopes were dashed on Mitchell's next possession when the Eagles covered 60 yards in just five plays, culminating in a 16-yard touchdown pass from Davis to Jaylin Mathis with 8:39 remaining to account for the final 19-6 score.

"We made some mistakes (Friday nigh) and (Mitchell County) didn't do anything we weren't expecting," Dougherty coach Jesse Hicks said. "Murray ran the ball well but we can't wait until the second half to start running the football well. We've got to fix some stuff that is broke, and I promise you I am the most committed guy here to do it.

"But I don't want to take anything away from (Mitchell County). This is a good win for them. I don't like losing, but this was not a region game. We'll bounce back from this."

Mitchell County will visit Thomasville next Friday while Dougherty will attempt to rebound at home against Clarkston.