Monroe RB Darryl Brown, who recently returned from an injury, looked great Friday night when he rushed for 133 yards and two scores in the Tornadoes' 56-26 win against city rival Dougherty.
ALBANY — In the second straight week of rivalry matchups at Hugh Mills Stadium, the Monroe Tornadoes became the latest Albany city school to get the best of the Dougherty Trojans in a 56-26 barnburner.
The Tornadoes, led by Dynamite Dozen quarterback Charles Stafford and Jawaski Randle, had been averaging around 23 points per game leading into Friday’s matchup. The Trojans’ offense had been sporadic at best up to this point, averaging 12 points per game despite opening the season with a 32-point effort in a loss to Lee County.
Tornadoes coach Charles Truitt acknowledged his team’s great start yet sloppy finish.
“Our offense and special teams did well, I was disappointed in how we played defense in the first half, we have a few things to correct,’’ he said. “I think we jumped ahead of them pretty good, and then got complacent. We didn’t play like we were capable of playing. In the second half we started playing assignment football.”
The Tornadoes were led on offense by sophomore running back Daryl Brown, who accounted for 133 total yards and two touchdowns, and Kevin Williams, who returned two kicks for touchdowns.
“I just tried to do whatever I could to help my team win,” said Brown, who scored on the ground and through the air. “At first we came out lagging, we didn’t play focused. We could’ve put the game away in the first quarter.”
Stafford completed 5 of 10 passes for 127 yards and two touchdowns.
This was a wild one. The Tornadoes took advantage of numerous Dougherty miscues on offense and special teams to take a 49-18 lead into halftime. On the first drive, Strafford gashed the Trojans defense, going 2-for-2 for 45 yards, before eventually handing the ball to junior Chris Young to punch the ball in for the game’s first score.
Dougherty fought back on the next possession. Chris Whatley completed three straight passes, the last of which went to Demario Barney for a 12-yard TD, tying score at 6-6. However, on the subsequent kickoff, Williams raced 88 yards up the sideline to give the Tornadoes a 14-6 lead.
On the next drive, Monroe’s Xavier Street picked up a Ladarrien Royal fumble in the open field and went 51 yards for a scoop-and-score. That play would swing the momentum in Monroe’s favor for good as Brown scored on a 45-yard touchdown reception and a 16-yard run.
Keeping up the strange nature of the night, with less than a minute to go in the half, Randle picked off a pass and went 75 yards for a pick-6. And then just 48 seconds later, Dougherty’s Madarious McWhorter caught a deflected pass and raced 47 yards for a touchdown to chip into the lead before time expired.
To put any remaining hopes of a Dougherty comeback away, Williams returned the opening kickoff of the second half 65 yards to put the Tornadoes ahead 56-18. It was Williams’ fourth kick return for a touchdown this season.
Dougherty meets Westover next week to close out their rivalry matchups, while Monroe travels to Crisp County in a big region matchup.