It's week two of the Class AAAA playoffs and almost a quarter of the 16 teams remaining reside in Region 1.
Along with region champion Cairo, Monroe and Westover advanced with first-round wins. The success is a sense of pride for their coaches.
“I guess at the beginning of the year they were trying to project this region as being a weak region, but I think the first round of the playoffs showed these teams in the region can compete against anyone in the state,” said Monroe coach Charles Truitt, whose team dispatched Griffin 33-17. “I feel that the three teams that are still playing this week have a great chance of advancing further next week. This region was very competitive. I think the other regions will find out exactly how competitive this region was because of the competition that we faced each and every week.”
Cairo coach Tom Fallaw added,“Everybody wants to think that they play tough schedules and the people they've played are good football teams that you've beaten. I would say there's no exception with the fact that Central won (Friday) night and Monroe and Westover won. We're proud of those guys.
“As a matter of fact, I texted most of them (Saturday), telling them congratulations. It's a sense of pride when those teams do win.”
Monroe has won six of its last seven games after a 2-2 start. The Tornadoes look to advance to the quarterfinal round with an upset over Burke County, the team that won the Class AAA championship last season. Fortunately for the Tornadoes, Friday night's game is in Waynesboro. Monroe is 4-1 this season away from Hugh Mills Stadium.
“We play better on the road. I think our kids are more focused by being on the road,” Truitt said. “Having to go play the defending state champion is going to be a big task for us.”
For full details, see Wednesday's edition of the Times-Enterprise.