Town goes ‘zonkers’ over Monroe Area’s run to semifinals

Monroe Area is one of five schools making the state semifinals for the first time. Whiteater, Ridgeland , Lamar County and Norcross are the others.

But Monroe Area is probably the most Cinderella-like. In 2010, the Purple Hurricanes became the third team in history to go from 0-10 to a 10-win season. This season, they won their first region title since 1969.

Football was played at old Monroe High back to the 1920s, but there hasn’t been a season quite like this.

‘’A good word for the town and community right now would be they’ve gone zonkers,’’ Monroe Area coach Matt Fligg said. “They’ve given us such big-time support. It’s really neat for a small town like this to get on the bandwagon and ride with us through this title chance.’’

Monroe Area plays at No. 1-ranked Sandy Creek on Friday in the Class AAA.

Monroe’s pride is actually double. Another Monroe team, George Walton Academy, a private school that joined the GHSA in 2010, is in the Class A final four.

George Walton Academy coach Don Williams said the town is supporting both teams since they are in different classifications and are not natural rivals.

”The business is a buzzing around here,” Williams said. “All the windows are painted up this week. Monroe has always been good to George Walton.’’

George Walton won state titles in  1979, 1991, 2003 and 2009 in the Georgia Independent School Association.

Other cities with two teams in the semifinals are Norcross (Greater Atlanta Christian, Norcross), Atlanta (St. Pius, Marist) and Gainesville (North Hall, Gainesville).

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north georgia fan

December 5th, 2012
3:42 pm

From your Cartersville Hurricane friends

Region 7-AAA

December 5th, 2012
3:45 pm

Glad to see Monroe Area doing so well. From your previous region foe, North Hall.


December 5th, 2012
3:56 pm

If Monroe Area was a private school and went from 0-10 to 10-0 in a few seasons, can you imagine the outrage and people throwing out recruiting allegations?

But anyway, good look to Monroe Area and everyone left playing in the semifinals.

Monroe's First Redcoat

December 5th, 2012
4:27 pm

Uncalled for, Rusty, and you know it if you know one damned thing about the program. The turnaround was hiring Chad Estes (formerly at Salem) as DC before the ‘10 season. He has instilled a fighting spirit in hos players that hasn’t been seen in these parts in a long time.

We are PROUD of our guys, and win or lose Friday, the Hurricanes are WINNERS!!!


December 5th, 2012
4:42 pm

First of all Rusty learn to read. We did not go from a private to public school. There is a public school here also in the Semi’s called George Walton Academy. Intelligence at work again. Goooo Canes.


December 5th, 2012
4:59 pm

Enjoy your 5 minutes. MA has no chance this week. This one will probably be uglier than the 41-0 from 2 years ago.


December 5th, 2012
5:01 pm

@Momamoon.. Maybe YOU should try reading before you attack… Rusty said “IF” it were a proivate school then can you imagine. Practice what you preach babe.

Delbert D.

December 5th, 2012
5:50 pm

Play proud, Monroe. Used to play the Purple Hurricanes back in the single-wing era.


December 5th, 2012
5:56 pm

Go ‘Canes.

And @Momamoon — you appear to be the last person who should lecture anyone about reading comprehension. Rusty’s point was a good one, a fair one and extremely relevant to the overall HS sports landscape.

Lee Cook

December 5th, 2012
6:37 pm

Makes and old grad real proud! Still read scores on Saturday to see how team did on Friday night, recall ladies winning state in basketball many years ago, GO Hurricanes!

Rev Al

December 5th, 2012
6:46 pm

Hey Monroe fans, any news on a former great Monroe Area player, Paul Giles? He played DT and went on to play at UGA in the mid 1980s.


December 5th, 2012
7:06 pm

If you go to Sandy Creek for the Game be advised, the visitors seating STINKS. The stands are lame and the temporary ones they will bring in will be even worse. You will not be able to see the game at all. Trust me, I went to the Burke Game as an outside observer just wanting to watch a good game, and the accommodations are MISERABLE. Worse venue I have ever attended in the State of Ga. Fayette County, is this the way you treat opposing fans? No wonder everyone hates you so much. Good team there, agreed, but they sure don’t care about being hospitable to the hard-working fans who choose to sit on the visitors side. Oh and parking? Unless you get there three hours early you can FORGET it. Be ready to jump a curb and park in the woods like I had to, and I was an hour and a half early! That place is the pits I tell you. TERRIBLE. Don’t say you were not warned, I promise.

Patriot Power

December 5th, 2012
7:21 pm

Are you saying you don’t like our stadium? If Monroe Area fans follow your advice, their players will be somewhat disappointed.


December 5th, 2012
7:33 pm

Hey moron, if you were an outsider, why didnt you sit on the SC side so you could see better? People complain about the field…what would yours look like if you played the equivalent of two seasons in one (four postseason games this season)? We win on the road as well as home…just ask the fans from Griffin. Also, there are two huge parking lots at Sandy Creek and a middle school and elementary school next door and 3 churches in easy walking distance. Dude you are just a sore loser from Burke. Haters just going to hate.

Kelly Bradley

December 5th, 2012
8:39 pm

Don’t have any recent updates on Paul Giles but can give you a little info. He was working for UGA Police after college. Have no idea what he is up to today. He is a family friend but have not heard anything lately.

Kelly Bradley

December 5th, 2012
8:48 pm

Go Canes! Do not let anyone question your Heart! I was there in 1986 playing for the Region Championship and trust me, we had heart! It was left on that field that night! You have a great opportunity to finish what we could not do! Make us proud! Play your game and WIN! See you in the Dome! Go Canes!

YoungerThan ThatNow

December 5th, 2012
9:04 pm

From a Fitzgerald Purple Hurricane… best wishes to Monroe Area and enjoy the ride! Whenever your season ends just take it in and enjoy the moment and appreciate the support that your area and hometown have shown you. Every team doesn’t have this kind of support… be glad that you do!


December 5th, 2012
9:10 pm


Pull My Finger

December 5th, 2012
9:55 pm

Most people don’t like our (Sandy Creek’s) stadium…….it doesn’t have anything to do with the stands or the parking, though…’s because of the Creek-style butt-whooping they got when they went.

Goggles Pizzonna

December 5th, 2012
10:09 pm

Lets all just agree that these wonderful kids will have a fantastic season, go on to college then run this country into the ground. Have fun at the game though….

First Down Creek!!!!

December 5th, 2012
11:18 pm

Monroe is in AAAA so they wouldn’t play Cartersville regardless. I’m glad to see their fans are hyped and ready for another trip to Sandy Creek. They were rocking for a good quarter last time our teams met. I think they will enjoy this game, but it won’t end as they hope. Sandy Creek will be playing for the championship for the third time in four years. 49-13 S.C.


December 5th, 2012
11:48 pm

Matt Fligg is doing a great job at Monroe.I played for his father,Jack Fligg at Grady
and and he was very proud of his son.Good luck.


December 6th, 2012
1:21 am

Bad (Breath) Brad – Bite me idiot, I dont live in Burke, I live in Henry co. Your field and stands SUCK. I did not say anything about the team. GoTOHELL you jerk.

Marseillees Mutt

December 6th, 2012
1:47 am

Hey Bugs…

…and I played for Jack Fligg first time he ever coached at Ponce de Leon grammar school in Decatur. Ended up playing for Coach Butts@ UGA, and used to run into him- Jack- from time to time.

Wonderful man, so go Matt and go Monroe!

Grip- Home town Monore Boi

December 6th, 2012
7:28 am

YES SIR. WE HEAR NOW YOU CREEKS ARE OLD NEWS…. May it be a good game but it’s Hurricane season now you must get taken by this PURPLE STORM.. Let’s GO CANES


December 6th, 2012
7:49 am

@FANS…funny how when people run out of intelligent things to say they start with inane insults. Dont think I will ever have to worry with you getting close enough to smell my breath. That said, keep on whining. The field at Sandy Creek is adequate, just worn. The visitors stands are small and until the Burke game, never full. The parking is more than adequate and if you indeed got there a hour and a half early and parked off road in the woods you chose to. As far as going to hell, I am a born again Christian so if/when you get there, don’t try to look me up and smell my breath as I won’t be there.

Jane Bennett

December 6th, 2012
9:28 am

As i former teacher at Monroe, I saw the sports program go up and down. Matt Fligg, thanks for hanging in with these boys and turning things around. Wish you all the best on Friday night!
Now as a GWA Bulldog, I wish our team all the best Friday night also! GO Dogs!

invictus mon

December 6th, 2012
9:45 am

I think we won a total of 6 games the entire 4 years I spent at MACHS (now MAHS). Very proud for my purple hurricaines! Monroe is also excited because one of its boys stars in the national title game on January 7 in Miami. I’ve had a lifelong love/hate relationship with ND, but pulling for Tuitt big time. At last Monroe has something to be proud of that isn’t boys cross country, girls track, and girls basketball.

Todd Holcomb

December 6th, 2012
10:21 am

Just talked w/ Don Williams at George Walton Academy and added a little more about GWA to what is a pretty good story for Monroe and Walton County.

Glad some of you mentioned Jack Fligg, who passed away earlier this year. Jack Fligg was head coach at Grady High after Erk Russell in the 1950s and 1960s and moved on to the college ranks. He was an assistant at Tech and Alabama, but in the 1960s he was with Bobby Bowdon and West Virginia. The Fliggs and Bowdons lived next door to each other. Matt Fligg grew up with the Bowdons. Bobby Bowdon recommended Matt for the Monroe Area job.

Congrats to Monroe Area and George Walton Academy.


December 6th, 2012
11:01 am

Regardless of the seating at SC, the proud Monroe Area fans will be filling them up to support our guys. And also regardless of the outcome, our boys are focused and ready to take on this SC team. Don’t count us out just yet. We’re a far cry from the team we were two years ago! These guys have HEART and are in it to win it!

Margaret Sorrells

December 6th, 2012
12:45 pm

I am so proud of MAHS football players, all the coaches, and all the fans. I taught quite a few of the football players when they were in middle school. We have been to several games but will be listening on the radio Friday night. GO CANES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


December 6th, 2012
1:04 pm

Which station is covering The Game, I would love to listen…. ???


December 6th, 2012
1:14 pm

Went to a the Sandy Creek game against Troup last year, saw nothing wrong with the Stadium. Everyone wants a Dallas Cowboys-type stadium everywhere they go, and its just not going to happen. If you’re a DIE HARD supporter of your team and football, you’re at the stadium before the first ticket goes on sale, as is my case for that game. And I am a LaGrange Alum…I still wish they would take the championship game out of the dome and put it back where it belongs: In the communities that make it to the title game instead of making money for atlanta….Good luck to all still playing in week 14 and Creek, continue to carry the banner for our Region!!!!

1 Trick Pony

December 6th, 2012
1:48 pm

Congrats to Monroe Area! Represent Region 8 well. No matter the outcome,be proud of this season. The ‘canes beat my Stephens Co. Indians in a classic battle earlier this season. I’ll be at the creek on Friday just to observe,and i’ll be satisfied with a hard fought close ballgame. I hope i get to see my old mentor, Coach Rodney Walker,at the game. Again, Good Luck ‘Area’ and rep 8AAAA well and good luck SC.

Real Cane 84man

December 6th, 2012
1:56 pm

I’ve been around Forever and Monroe Area has never been close to what Coach Fligg has done to the football program. We needed new assistants and Fligg got his old buddy Estes as DC, so Fligg was able to run the team and offense. Now the program has a great coaching staff that includes Winslette, Holder, and they still have Keyes from the past. They all follow Coach Fligg’s energetic intense philosophy and that attracts kids. The players on this team have bonded and bought into the system. We all respect Sandy Creek. They have amazing talent so the A-game is needed to pull off an upset. SC stadium and field is a great venue. Good Luck Canes and Patriots!!


December 6th, 2012
1:58 pm

Im a big SC fan and love reading the blogs…at least I can say this week MA shows good support and we can read what they are saying (Burke Co)…..Now we have fans worried about getting a cushion in the stands to see the game….People are there to show support, root for their team or scouting…If that’s not your reason for coming to the game then this is place was not for you…Let the good people of Monroe and SC have that seat….

That Dude Says...

December 6th, 2012
2:28 pm

I agree with Stone. I’m just glad we’re playing a school this week that has a normal fan base. When Monroe Area fans post people can actually read and comprehend it. I still can’t get over how moronic burke county fans were on the blogs. Seriously Monroe Area fans it’s nice to get on here and not have to read posts that are in broken english or in all caps that are filled with nonsense. Still shaking my head at most of the burke co fans.


December 6th, 2012
2:36 pm

Just making sure that the rusty who commented on monroe vs Sc was NOT this rustyH. Anyone who loves high school sports would be proud of any team that plays 0-10 or 10-0. Good luck to Monroe and enjoy every sec of it.


December 6th, 2012
2:38 pm

@Momamoon and @Monroe’s First Redcoat, where in my comment did I ever say Monroe Area was a private school? Where did I ever say they recruited?
I never did. I just said imagine IF they were a private school and did what they were doing, there would be outrage. If you don’t believe me, look at what happened in Class A.
Bless your hearts.


December 6th, 2012
2:41 pm

@rustyH, notice in my original comment I said good luck to Monroe Area and to everyone left playing.


December 6th, 2012
3:10 pm

Played for Coach Mark Whitley(now at Parkview) at Monroe. We had some good teams led by Chris Jones who played 4 years at Clemson. Great to see recent success and so many kids playing at the next level

Betsy Yancey

December 6th, 2012
5:47 pm

Stephon Tuitt, who played on the 2010 MAHS team is currently a CBS Sports All-American 1st team defense selection playing on the #1 team in the country, ND. Paul Giles was a great player in his day, too. However, this team is the epitome of the word TEAM. Lots of stand outs, but no individual hoorahs. Even saw one stand out apologize for wearing a different color tape on this feet because he felt it did not contribute to the idea of ONE TEAM, ONE FAMILY, one victory at a time. Good luck, ‘Canes.


December 6th, 2012
10:35 pm

Yeah badbrad you get what you dish out MORON.

Real Cane 84man

December 7th, 2012
10:02 am

Great comments Stone. You will see a lot of fans from Monroe tonight with class. Coach Fligg told me several times this week how much he respects Coach Walker and the entire program at SCHS. Two teams who respect each other and two groups of fans respecting each other.

Miller Grove Social Studies/Spanish Teacher

December 7th, 2012
1:09 pm

GO PURPLE ‘CANES!!!…Too bad you’re not playing @ home but do what you do and we’ll see you @ the GDome next week…


December 7th, 2012
2:54 pm

GO HURRICANES!!!!!!!!!!! “We BELIEVE” ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! You are the BEST.