PREP FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK: Monroe read for critical region game vs. Americus-Sumter

Charles Truitt

Charles Truitt

ALBANY — As crazy as this season has been for Monroe, the Tornadoes remain alive for a postseason berth at the halfway point of the Region 1-AAAA schedule.

Monroe can make things interesting tonight when they play host to first-place Americus-Sumter at 7:30 p.m. at Hugh Mills Stadium.

A Monroe loss keeps Herald No. 3 Americus-Sumter tied with Westover atop the region standings. However, a victory keeps the Tornadoes alive for a postseason berth.

Americus-Sumter (3-2, 2-0 Region 1-AAAA) has won two straight and three of its past four. Monroe (3-3, 2-1) has also won two in a row after starting the season 1-3.

“The region is still wide open,” Monroe coach Charles Truitt said. “If we’re going to accomplish our goals, we need to beat Americus-Sumter. We’ve been getting better and getting healthy.”

With the exception of Dougherty and Monroe, the remainder of Region 1-AAAA teams were off last week. The two teams were scheduled to play on Oct. 19, however, that game was moved to last week because of Albany State having its homecoming on the same date.

The Tornadoes have the “meat” of their schedule left. After tonight, Monroe plays host to Herald No. 5 Crisp County on Oct. 25 before playing its final two region games against Cairo and Worth County on the road. Truitt and his team know the importance of tonight’s game.

“We just need to play a full game,” he said. “One week our offense will play well, then the next week our defense will play well. We haven’t gotten everything to come together so far this year. We hope that happens on (today).”

LOWE HAPPY WITH PROGRESS:Deerfield-Windsor coach Allen Lowe has been elated with his team’s 4-2 mark this season. The Knights, who returned just four starters, had many question marks before the season began.

Deerfield (4-2) opens region play Friday night, playing host to Bulloch Academy.

“We’re 4-2, so it’s not like we’ve played poorly,” Lowe said. “I’m not unhappy where we stand record-wise. But we’ve got five straight region games so from here on out, every Friday is important.”

The Knights were off last week after beating cross-town rival Sherwood Christian two weeks ago. Lowe said his team has found ways to win and continues to mature as the season progresses.

“We’ve been able to win some pretty close games and I think our kids are starting to learn what their roles are,” he said. “We’re not going to blow anybody out. We’ve got to earn our wins.”

MITCHELL COUNTY ROLLING: The hottest team in Region 1-A might be the Mitchell County Eagles, who have won two straight and are tied atop the region standings with Herald No. 2 Seminole County. The Eagles came from behind to beat Miller County two weeks ago then ran past Randolph-Clay last week.

With just four games left, Mitchell (3-3, 2-0 Region 1-A) could take a major step toward the postseason by beating Terrell County on Friday night.

ETC.: Baconton Charter, playing a nonregion schedule, is seeking its third straight victory on Saturday when they entertain St. Francis. … Sherwood Christian plays its final home game on Friday against Westwood. The Eagles are on the road for their final three games against Southwest Georgia Academy, Terrell Academy and Brookwood.