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A Big Step Forward

November 20, 2006

Albany -- The Monroe football team won a state playoff game for just the second time in school history Friday night.

The Tornados playing a postseason game on their home-field for the first time ever, and took care of Northeast Macon 35-13.

Monroe has home field advantage throughout the playoffs Tornados head coach Charles Truitt is hoping the playoff win Friday is the first of many.

"It's big for the kids and big for the program," says Truitt. "It's an up and coming program. We have to continue to get better to continue on. It's a big win for the program. Hopefully we can piggyback and carry on and play good this upcomming week."

The Monroe high school football team is looking to build tradition, and they've taken a big first step with the win on their homefield in the opening round of the state playoffs.

It's the first time the Tornados played a postseason game at home, and just their second playoff win ever.

Friday night Monroe will host Shaw high school, a team with plenty of tradition.

The Raiders finishing third in Region two this season, after winning the region championship six of the past seven years.

Shaw winning the state championship in 2000 and a semi-finalist last season. 

Monroe head coach Charles Truitt knows Friday night's game won't be easy.

"Very good physical football team, offensively and defensively," says Truitt. "They've got tradition, and they play the game very well. We've got to be ready to match up with them. We like our chances."

Shaw has out-scored its opponents 140-0 in its last three games. Friday's kickoff is at 7:30pm.

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