By David Purdum / For the AJC
No. 6 Monroe Area travels to Winder-Barrow on Friday. In last season’s meeting, the Purple Hurricanes led 51-0 at half en route to a 58-14 victory.
Monroe Area coach Matt Fligg doesn’t believe that will be the case Friday.
“I’ve been warning my kids that this is a different Winder-Barrow team. This is the best set of athletes I’ve seen at Winder-Barrow,” Fligg said. “They beat (AAAAA No. 1) Gainesville in passing league over the summer.”
The Purple Hurricanes aren’t short on athletes either. Senior quarterback Stanton Truitt, an Auburn commitment, had a hand in all seven of Monroe Area’s touchdowns in last week’s opening win. Truitt threw three touchdowns, all to receiver Michael Gallup. North Carolina State and Maryland are among the teams recruiting Gallup, according to Fligg.
Traditionally an option-based offense, the Purple Hurricanes will feature more of the passing games this season. Fligg said he initially made the decision to tweak his offense before last year’s state semifinal matchup with eventual champion Sandy Creek.
“It backfied. We just didn’t click,” Fligg said of his team’s 35-0 loss to Sandy Creek.
But Fligg believes his offense’s passing game has improved. Truitt is more accurate, and the entire unit’s timing is better, Fligg said.
Keep an eye out: Chamblee’s defense shut out Dunwoody in its opener. Druid Hills put up 47 points in Week 1 win over Clarkston. The two teams meet tonight at North DeKalb Stadium. Chamblee has won three straight in the series. Keep an eye on Chamblee junior running back Xavier Shugers. A transfer from Tucker, Shugers rushed for 163 yards and two touchdowns against Dunwoody.
Losing streak: The Columbus Blue Devils own the longest losing streak in AAAA at 18 games. The Blue Devils host Hardaway on Friday. Columbus has lost five consecutive games to Hardaway by an average score of 32-7.
Late start: No. 3 Burke County opens region play at Hephzibah tonight. Burke County’s opening game was cancelled in the first half due to lightning, but not before Super 11 quarterback Donquell Green put up 235 yards of offense in the first quarter. The Bears, who were off last week, have never lost to Hephzibah, shutting the Rebels out in eight of 13 meetings.
Notes: For the first time in 16 games, No. 1 Sandy Creek will not be coming off a win, when it hosts Newnan on Friday. The Patriots’ opener against Florida-power Plant High School was stopped late in the fourth quarter with the score tied, 27-27, due to Georgia school-night curfew rules. … No. 2 Carrollton hosts Chappell Hill on Friday, but the bigger test comes next week, when the Trojans host perennial AA power, No. 1 Calhoun.