The Dougherty High football team has been playing hard all season but could not get a win.
That changed Thursday night when the Trojans scored two second half touchdowns to upset Americus-Sumter 16-7.
The Trojans win also opens playoff opportunities for Worth County, Crisp County, Albany High and Americus-Sumter in the final two weeks of the season.
The Panthers, who have now lost four straight games, scored their only touchdown on a 21-yard touchdown run by Jaylon Harris early in the second quarter.
Dougherty got on the board on a touchdown run by Ladarrien Royal in the third and took an 8-7 lead on the two point conversion.
Americus-Sumter looked they had regained the lead but had two touchdowns called back for penalties.
A touchdown run by Nelson was negated by a holding call.
And what would like a 4th down touchdown pass by Bryce Benton was taken off the board because Benton was past the line of scrimmage.
Dougherty got the ball and marched 78 yards and used more than 8 minutes of the clock before Royal scored his second touchdown of the game.
Michael Whatley converted the two-point conversion to make it a two score game with just over 3 minutes to play.
Dougherty is 1-8 and 1-4 in the region and Americus Sumter is 4-5 and 1-4 in 1-AAAA.
Dougherty closes out the regular season at Cairo next week and Americus-Sumter will host Crisp County in what is now a must win game for the Panthers if they want to make the playoffs.
Americus-Sumter will be eliminated from the playoffs if Worth County defeats Westover on Friday.
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