The quest for the City of Albany/Dougherty County football championship came down to one game, and it wasn’t even close.
Unlike in their close call against the Dougherty Trojans earlier this month, the Monroe Tornadoes defense made sure the Westover Patriots didn’t score Saturday at Hugh Mills Stadium.
With its 25-0 victory, Monroe (6-2, 3-2 Georgia High School Association Region 1-AAA) moved one step closer towards clinching a berth in the state playoffs with the convincing win. That came despite missing a pair of two-point conversions and botching a snap on another extra point attempt. And with a city championship now under their belts, Monroe running back Dominique Lumpkin and his teammates now have a bigger goal to focus on: clinching a playoff spot.
“I feel good about our winning a city championship,” Lumpkin said. “Now we’re looking to go out (this week), and go hard in practice, and go deep into the playoffs.”
As for this week’s opponent — the Perry Panthers — the Tornadoes hope to get some payback for last year’s loss at Hugh Mills, a setback that dashed Monroe’s slim playoff hopes, Lumpkin added.
“We’re just looking to get revenge from last year,” said Lumpkin. “We lost to (Perry) last year. But we’re going to come out (this week) hard, and practice hard, and then go on, and come out with a ‘W’ on Friday.”
With the loss, Westover (3-5, 1-4) has been all but eliminated from playoff contention. The Patriots now find themselves playing for pride in their final two regular season games, one of which is their home finale against Worth County this Friday.
QUICK HITTERS: The Deerfield-Windsor Knights clinched no worse than a tie for the GISA Region 3-AAA title on the road last week. They did it in convincing fashion, as they upset previously undefeated Westfield, 27-7.
D-W (8-2, 2-0 GISA Region 3-AAA) now carries a seven-game winning streak into their regular-season finale at Brookwood School of Thomasville this week.
Sherwood Christian (6-2, 2-1 GISA Region 3-AA) bounced back from a tough upset loss to Tiftarea by pitching a shutout win over Dawson Street Christian at home last week.
Combined with Southwest Georgia Academy’s 46-14 rout of Valwood, the win by the Eagles sets up a battle with the Warriors on the road for no worse than a share of the GISA Region 3-AA title this week.
SGA improved to 7-1 overall, while remaining unbeaten in region play.
The Lee County Trojans (2-7, 2-4 GHSA Region 1-AAAA) came up empty in their bid to win back-to-back games, as Harris County won convincingly at home, 62-28.
Albany High is still the only local team that’s winless after Early County won easily 41-6 in a Thursday night at Hugh Mills Stadium. The Indians fell to 0-8 overall with two games to play.
The Worth County Rams (3-5, 2-3) saw their two-game win streak snapped by Peach County, as the still undefeated Trojans from middle Georgia won 36-13.
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