ALBANY, GA (WALB) - We're one month away from high school football season kicking off--and there's no team more ready to return to the field than the Monroe Tornadoes.
13 starters are returning to this Tornadoes squad, and they are coming back with a vengeance.
Last year Monroe won just two games--their lowest total since Charles Truitt took over in 2004.
"This season started in December. When our last football game was over with, I think these kids were dedicated to come in," said Truitt. "Like we told them, we can't wait until the summer starts to get better, we got to get better in December."
The Tornadoes look to redeem themselves by winning in the battle in the trenches.
The best talent for the Tornadoes this fall resides on the offensive and defensive lines.
"It's big up front. You've got to finish up front," said senior offensive tackle Courtney Perkins. "If you don't finish up front, ain't no scoring, ain't no getting drives up field, so we got to get strong up front and finish through."
This offseason they have championed an iron sharpens iron mentality, and that may mean trouble for their opponents.
"We've been practicing with a chip on our shoulder," said senior defensive tackle Warren Breakfield. "We got a few people we got to get back. We're trying to get back in the playoffs this year."
It would be the team's first time in the postseason since 2013.
The Tornadoes open the season against Westover at Hugh Mills Stadium on August 25th.
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