When: Friday, Oct. 7, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Worth County Stadium, Sylvester
2011 records: Worth County is 3-3 overall, 1-1 in GHSA Region 1-AAA. Monroe is 2-4 overall, 0-2 in GHSA Region 1-AAA.
Last week: Worth County defeated Westover, 23-18. Monroe lost to Americus-Sumter, 6-0.
All-time series record: Worth County leads 14-7
First meeting: Worth County 42, Monroe 14 (1988)
Last meeting: Worth County 21, Monroe 20 (2010)
The Monroe Tornadoes and Worth County Rams will meet for the 22nd time in Sylvester Friday night. Both teams are heading into yet another all-important GHSA Region 1-AAA contest going in different directions.
While the Rams escaped Hugh Mills Stadium in Albany with a 23-18 win over Westover, the Tornadoes lost their fourth straight game in a heartbreaking 6-0 setback on the road to Americus-Sumter. Monroe hasn’t won since holding off Northeast (Macon), 14-6, on the road in the second game of the season on Sept. 2.
In their Region 1-AAA opener on Sept. 23, the Rams lost a heartbreaker of their own, losing to the same aforementioned Americus-Sumter squad, 36-29. As for the Tornadoes, they fell to Cairo in their first region contest at Hugh Mills Stadium, 33-7, that same night.
From 1988-1995, both Monroe and Worth County played each other eight straight years, with the Rams winning the first four games, followed by three wins in a row by Tornadoes from 1992-94, before the Rams snapped that skid with a 26-0 shutout win in 1995. The two teams didn’t meet in 1996 or 1997.
Since the series resumed in 1998, the ‘up and down’ has continued, with Worth reeling off five straight wins, before Monroe came away with a 25-22 triumph in 2003. Since 2004, the Rams have won four of the last seven meetings, including the last three contests.
Friday’s contest serves as a very critical one for both teams. While the Rams hope to improve to 2-1 in region play with a win, and move one step closer to advancing to the state playoffs for the second straight season (Worth finished 6-5 in 2010, losing to Thomson, 21-19, in the GHSA Class AAA first round), the Tornadoes find themselves in a must-win situation to keep themselves in playoff contention. Monroe’s last region win came on Oct. 29, 2010, when the Tornadoes defeated Dougherty, 34-14.
Source: Georgia High School Football Historians Association (www.ghsfha.org)