May 7, 2007
Many high school football teams around the area are back on this field this week, participating in spring practice.
Lee County held its first day of practice Monday, and head coach David Johnson says it's always an adventure.
"We're running around with our head cut off right now," says Johnson, "just trying to get on the practice field."
Monroe high school got started last week.
The Tornados went 10-2 last season, winning the region championship, and head coach Charles Truitt says they're looking to build on last season's success.
"We got a good nucleus of kids coming back," says Truitt, "and we know what they can do, but we're trying to find some kids behind them to make it better."
Johnson says, "We got a few kids still involved in baseball, so we're getting a chance to look at some younger guys, and see if any of those guys can help us on Friday night."
After 10 wins and a region championship in 2005, the Trojans won just three games in a rebuilding year, and Johnson is hoping that experience pays off this season.
"Last year was a disappointment for players, coaches, and the whole community," says Johnson. "Hopefully we can get back to our winning ways, and maintain that from here on out."
The Tornados have fifteen starters returning, and Truitt knows they'll have a target on their back.
"We're hoping it can be a piggyback, because we know teams are going to be coming for us," says Truitt. "When expectations are high, you're going to have to pick up your intensity."
Lee County will host Monroe the second week of the season.
The Tornados have beaten the Trojans three of the past four years.