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Crosstown Rivals

November 7, 2006

Albany -- The match-up between Dougherty and Monroe is always big.

Trojans head coach Carror Wright says,  "You can compare it to Georgia/Georgia Tech, Albany State/Fort Valley, Auburn/Alabama. On that level right there."

Monroe head coach Charles Truitt adds, "Throw the record books out the door. We don't go by records. It's a cross-town rivalry, and I know they have a good football team."

The Tornados have the Region 1-AAA championship all locked up thanks to last weeks overtime win against Cairo.

It's the first region title at Monroe, and the first for coach Truitt.

"It's real big to have the opportunity to win the region championship like we did," says Truitt. "First time for the kids, and the first time for the head football coach as well."

The tie-breaker scenario gets tricky, but the Trojans can still occupy the regions fourth-seed in the state playoffs.

"We're playing for pride right now," says Wright. "That's one thing we do have here. Me personally, this coaching staff, and our team. We do have pride right now so we're going to meet up at 7:30 on Friday night and see what happens."

Truitt says even though his team is already guaranteed the top spot, it won't change the way they play Friday.

"We have to continue to get better each and every week," says Truitt.  "We know if we play anything less than we're capable of playing, we'll lose this game, because Dougherty has a good football team. It's got to be a motivation purpose so we can continue to get better."

Kickoff is Friday night at 7:30pm.

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