August 13, 2003
Albany, Ga.-- Monroe High head coach Vernorris Bradley will openly admit that junior quarterback Terrance Ransom is the heart and soul of this year's Tornado football team.
"He's the backbone to our offense, he makes our offense go. He can run and throw the ball. He's been looking pretty good, did pretty good over the summer," Bradley said.
In his sophomore year, Ransom threw for over 18-hundred yards, and rushed for 500 more. And with those kind of numbers he's expecting to draw added attention this year.
"One man can't beat the whole eleven players by himself. If my offensive line gets healthy and we're all right there everything else will fall in place. We've got good receivers, good lineman. We've just got to pull it all together as one team," junior Terrance Ransom said.
"We know that he's going to be a marked man in the region but we think he'll be up for the challenge," Bradley added.
Ransom will look to senior running back Dominique Porter in the backfield, to help balance the Tornadoes attack. Porter will be especially counted on this year after last year's leading rusher Omar Ellis transferred this offseason to Deerfield-Windsor. A move that shocked and disappointed coach Bradley.
"We just felt like he was going to be the best back in the region this year so we were all happy about that. And then when the news came to us that he will be going to Deerfield-Windsor it was a tremendous blow for us. We're still suffering from it right now but we must move on."
Senior linebacker Kevin Walker leads a defense that returns eight starters from last years team. But unlike last year, this year the Tornadoes will not be satisfied with just making the playoffs.
"Now we want to be a little bit more competitive, we want to look good every week. And hopefully given the opportunity to go to the state playoffs, we'll do a little bit better this year."
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