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Once a star receiver for the Trojans who would go on to become an All-American at Georgia Southern, Albany native Corey Joyner wanted nothing more than to come home to Southwest Georgia and back to his roots after graduation. He did, but once the economy went south, so did Joyner’s life. But with the help of his family, friends and God, Joyner found his way again, earned his teaching certificate and started working at Dougherty — all the while hoping he might one day get a shot to coach his alma mater. When he didn’t get the open job two years ago, he didn’t fret and just stayed patient. Two years later, that patience has now been rewarded. (

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In God he trusts

New Dougherty head football coach Corey Joyner knows the task of turning around a once-proud program that has fallen on hard times won’t be easy, but between his faith in his players, his faith in himself and — most of all — his faith in God, he truly believes it is a challenge that can be overcome.


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