September 18, 2002
After an 0 and 3 start to their season the Monroe High Tornadoes are looking for anything that might get them into the win column, and they just might have found it.
Monroe High basketball star Demetric Bennett joined the team last week and will see his first game action this Saturday against cross town rival Albany. Bennett, a senior, will line up at wide receiver for the Tornadoes, and should take some of the attention away from fellow senior Larry Winkfield. Monroe head coach Vernorris Bradley says Bennett gives the Tornadoes an extra weapon offensively with his great hands, and he insists the decision to come out for football was all Demetric's doing.
"He came to me a couple of weeks ago and said he wanted to play football. This is something that he wanted to do and I encouraged him to come out and told him to talk to the basketball coach, his family and they pretty much gave him the encouragement to come on out," Bradley said.
"I thought playing football would help me out in basketball and even though I may not play a lot I want to come out and support the team. I know we got a good team so I just thought I'd come out here and get tougher for basketball too," Bennett added.
As a junior Bennett averaged over 20 points a game for the Monroe basketball team last year. He is considered one of the top recruits in the state.