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Monroe ready to take the next step

August 9, 2006

Albany - The Dougherty High Trojans were the undisputed kings of the high school football world in the city of Albany last year.

This season, the Monroe Tornadoes are hoping this is their year to ascend to not only the gridiron throne in Albany but also their region.

onroe High made the state playoffs in head coach Charles Truitt's second season with the Tornadoes.

A major step forward in Truitt's bid to build Monroe into a state championship contender.

Charles Truitt said "Confidence is a big builder for us and we can understand that. We have just got to take it one game at a time."

The good news is that Monroe returns 13 starters from last year's playoff team including junior quarterback Sherman Stephens.

Truitt said "Having him back, running the offense, another year under his belt. Making correct checks and calls give us the opportunity to win some ballgames."

 The question for Monroe will be the supporting cast for Stephens at the skill position.

Truitt says receivers Darrell Rowe and Derrick Riggins have shown reliable hands and backs Jimmy Perkins and Shaquan Lumpkin will provide a ground game to balance the passing attack.

Truitt "We lost some but we have been very pleased by some kids that we weren't expecting to do anything but they have been doing really well this summer."

The Tornadoes defense will once again be strong especially with linebacker Darohn Washington and all-state safety Chivius Jackson returning.

Chivius Jackson said  "We have got alot of confidence since we have so many returning players. Our confidence is sky high. We are looking forward to this season."

Monroe will open the season on the road at Terrell County.

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