By Jeff Allen
Scuffle between teams, suspensions overshadow Hurricane win.
It wasn’t even close, yet it may have been the ‘Canes costliest victory in recent history.
The Monroe Purple Hurricanes trounced the Madison County Red Raiders last Friday 68-14, but not before seven Monroe players and three Madison County players were ejected following a free for all in the second quarter. According to eyewitnesses, the confrontation started following a late hit call against the Red Raiders. Multiple players joined the fray, and after being separated, 10 players were ejected. According to GHSA rules, ejected players must also serve a one game suspension, effective the following game.
This means that the Canes will face Chestatee at home minus their quarterback, plus four other starters and two backups. Quarterback Stanton Truett was the target of the late hit that led up to the brawl.
At full strength, the 8-0, 5-0 Purple Hurricanes would be favored to win the home game against 7-1 5-0 Chestatee. Never a pushover, the War Eagles rolled Lumpkin County 42-14 last week.
Tonight’s victor will be the only 8-AAAA team to be undefeated within the region, and as such will stand alone at the top of the standings. Last year the teams met under similar circumstances, without Monroe’s reliance a backup quarterback (due to injury). The Canes’s won that game, 35-14.
Next week the Canes close out the regular season against Eastside.