August 4, 2005
Albany - What can one year mean for a high school football coach? A lot says second year Monroe coach Charles Truitt.
Truitt says " lot of things we were doing last year were new to the kids but now they understand the concept of what we want them to do. So we are now able to do a lot more things that we wanted to do last year that we are doing this year."
Truitt was forced to play a lot of freshmen and sophomores in his first year and the reward for that is 15 returning starters this year- most of which are linemen.
Truitt said "We think probably one of the strong points of our whole team is our offensive and defensive line because those kids were thrown into the fire beginning of the year last year."
The Tornadoes are looking to run the football more this year with the return of those linemen and the loss of quarterback Terrance Ransom. David McDonald and Sherman Stevens are in the battle to start under center with two of Ransom's favorite targets Jimmy Johnson and Lamontray Williams are back.
Jimmy Johnson said "It is going to be balanced offense. We have a lot of running and a lot of passing. So it will be balanced."
Johnson and Williams along with linebacker Dale Givens are among eight starters back on a defense that coach Truitt says needs to avoid giving up the big play.
Truitt said "We really that is going to be the strong point of our team especially at the beginning of the year."
Monroe opens the season at home against Randolph-Clay on August 19th.