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Hugh Mills Stadium football schedule released

Monroe opens season, playing host to Perry on Aug. 23

2014 Hugh Mills football schedule

Aug. 23--Monroe vs. Perry, 7 p.m.

Aug. 29--Albany vs. Mitchell Co., 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 4--Dougherty vs. Randolph-Clay, 7 p.m.

Sept. 5--Albany vs. Terrell Co., 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 12--Albany vs. Laney, 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 18--Dougherty vs. Crisp Co., 7 p.m.

Sept. 19--Westover vs. Cairo, 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 20--Monroe vs. Liberty Co., 7 p.m.

Sept. 26--Monroe vs. Westover, 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 27--Dougherty vs. Albany, 7 p.m.

Oct. 2--Albany vs. Crisp Co., 7 p.m.

Oct. 3--Monroe vs. TCC, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 4--Dougherty vs. Worth Co., 7 p.m.

Oct. 17--Albany vs. Monroe, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 18--Westover vs. Worth Co., 7 p.m.

Oct. 23--Monroe vs. Cairo, 7 p.m.

Oct. 24--Dougherty vs. Westover, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 31--Westover vs. Bainbridge, 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 7--Postseason play-in game, TBA

Nov. 8--Postseason play-in game. TBA

ALBANY — High school football fans in the metro Albany area have just 36 days until the first game of the season at Hugh Mills Stadium.

From there, the stadium will host Region 1-AAAA games in 10 of the 11 weeks as the Dougherty County Athletic Department released its schedule of games to be played at the stadium. Monroe will host Perry in the first game on Aug. 23 at 7 p.m., also the same day that Westover and Lee County will meet in a nationally televised game on ESPNU at 1 p.m.

Hugh Mills will host a game each Friday with the exception of Oct. 10. There will be four Thursday night games and six Saturday evening games, concluding with Region 1-AAAA postseason play-in games the weekend of Nov. 7-8.

With the region subdividing, the top three teams in each sub-region will have an opportunity to earn one of the region’s four state playoff berths.

Albany, Cairo, Crisp County, Monroe and Thomas County Central will comprise the “A” sub-region, while Americus-Sumter, Bainbridge, Dougherty, Westover and Worth County will play in the “B” sub-region. All schools will play each member of their sub-region, then two crossover games that won’t count in the region standings.

The crossover games could be used as tie-breakers.

“If we had played a straight region schedule, if you were a team that lost its first two or three games at the beginning (of the region schedule), the kids would know they wouldn’t have a chance at the playoffs,” Westover coach Octavia Jones said. “But now they’re going to scrape and fight until the final game.”

For the first time in recent memory, Westover will not meet Albany, and Monroe will not play Dougherty.

Some of the more interesting games at the stadium include a Sept. 19 rematch between Westover and Cairo, two teams in opposite sub-regions that are early favorites to contend for playoff berths. The Patriots defeated Cairo last season on their way to the region crown.

Monroe plays hosts to Westover on Sept. 26, while Dougherty meets Albany High on Sept. 27.

“Those games are important (to win) because you don’t want to lose the tie-breakers,” Jones said.

In another intriguing matchup, Monroe plays host to perennial power Thomas County Central on Oct. 3, the only time this season the Jackets visit Hugh Mills.

Albany plays hosts to Monroe on Oct. 17, then Dougherty meets Westover on Oct. 24.

The last game during the regular season will pit Westover against Bainbridge, a pair of schools expected to contend for the postseason.