August 1, 2007
Albany - August first means it is time for high school football teams to get started in their preparations for the 2007 season.
The Monroe High Tornadoes were among many teams pulling the tackling dummies out of storage on the first official day of practiceon Wednesday.
Teams are able to work out in helmets only on the first day and the full pad workouts start next week.
Coming off the first region title in school history, Monroe has big expectations for the coming season.
Head coach Charles Truitt reminding his players that what they accomplished last year will not win them any games this year.
Charles Truitt said "Teams are going to be coming at us. We are the defending region champions. People are going to be coming and try to knock you off. It is a tough region and we have to be on our best ability to make sure we can defend that title."
The high school football regular season kicks off on August 31st in Georgia.
Monroe's first game is September first at Hugh Mills Stadium against Terrell County.