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Monroe senior running back Devine Noel more than did his part in the Tornadoes’ attempt to pull a second straight upset, rushing for 124 yards and a TD during Friday’s heartbreaking 16-13 loss to No. 6 state-ranked Gainesville. (Tom Reed/Gainesville Times)

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Oh, so close

Resilient Monroe fought the No. 6 team in the state tooth-and-nail before falling short on its final drive as the Gainesville Red Elephants survived against the scrappy Tornadoes, 16-13, on Friday night during the second round of the GHSA Class AAA state playoffs.


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