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Monroe hammers Dougherty, keeps playoff hopes alive

Monroe head coach Charles Truitt saw his Tornadoes beat up on city rival Dougherty on Friday, 29-14, to keep their postseason hopes alive.

Monroe head coach Charles Truitt saw his Tornadoes beat up on city rival Dougherty on Friday, 29-14, to keep their postseason hopes alive.

ALBANY -- Monroe got offense from an unlikely source Friday night during a 29-14 win against city rival Dougherty: its kicking game.

Terevious Hudson nailed a 30-yard field goal just before halftime -- marking Monroe's first 3-pointer all season -- to give the Tornadoes (4-5, 2-3) a 16-0 lead en route to a win that kept Monroe's postseason hopes alive.

"That was our first field goal all year -- how about that?" laughed Monroe coach Charles Truitt, whose team now needs to beat Westover next week to get its third 1-AAA victory and likely sneak into the postseason. "We've been hoping to get one this season and Hudson got it for us. That feel goods, but the win feels better."

Monroe led the whole way, taking a 29-0 edge into the fourth quarter before Dougherty ever found the end zone. Alford Brown tacked on two meaningless TD runs from 6 and 10 yards out with under six minutes to play, but it was too late for the Trojans, who ended their season 1-9 overall and winless in region play.

"I tip my hat to (Dougherty head coach Jesse) Hicks, his staff and his kids. They played a good game, but we knew coming in we controlled our own destiny and this was the first step," Truitt said. "We have a chance to make the playoffs now and that's all we can ask for."

Devonta Campbell opened the scoring in the first quarter for Monroe when he caught a 10-yard TD pass from Charles Stafford, who finished with three passing TDs. Hudson then made the PAT.

Stafford later found Keonte Franklin in the second quarter from 50 yards out to make it 13-0 after Hudson missed the PAT. Hudson then closed the half with 10 seconds left with his first FG of the year.

Monroe didn't get back into the end zone until late in the third quarter when Stafford tossed his third score of the game, this time to Xavier Street from 15 yards away as Hudson was good on the PAT. The Tornadoes then capped their scoring output when Truitt's son, Brenton -- a freshman -- found the end zone from two yards out. It was the first score of his high school career, bringing even more joy to the Tornadoes' head coach on an already great night.

"It felt pretty good watching him get that score. He said before the game that he wanted to try and get in the game and get a score, and we found a chance and he got it," Truitt beamed.