The Albany High Indians feel like a forgotten team in Region 1-AAAA.
AHS didn't have the year they wanted last season, finishing just 1-6 in region play.
But head coach Felton Williams says his team feels like they have something to prove in 2013.
The Indians hope this is the year they break through with their first winning season in five years.
Albany will be led by senior linebacker Juwon Young, a Miami (FL) commit, and feel many are passing over them in their region.
While much of the preseason talk has turned to Cairo, and crosstown rivals Westover and Monroe, the Indians feel they aren't receiving much pub.
But that's just fine with them, says Williams.
"This year I'm kind of glad we're not on the radar. We're kind of flying under the radar, and the region is wide open," says Williams. "Not taking away from any team, 1-AAAA is a very tough region, but I'll think we'll compete this year."
The toughest challenge for the Indians will be replacing a four-year starter at QB in Emmanuel Byrd, now a freshman at Georgia Military College.
Williams says the competition is down to two for the starting job: junior Malik Dungy and sophomore Malik Mathis.
"When you have a four year starter to graduate, it's very hard to find a kid to step into that role. Emannuel had such a high football ID," says Williams. "But we have two or three young men who are trying very hard for that job and we're going into the first couple games of the season still searching for that starting quarterback."
The Indians open their season Saturday night at Hugh Mills Stadium against Greenville.
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