Monroe defeated Anson, 35-24 in the season opener for both teams. The final score does not indicate how close and physical the game actually was.
Senior quarterback Matthew Bennett transferred to Monroe over to the summer to help the Redhawks win games by leading by example. Bennet did just that. Four times his team trailed in the game and four times he led the team to four go-ahead scoring drives.
The last go-ahead and eventual game-winning score came on a Bennett head-first dive into the end zone.
After the game Bennett and head coach Johnny Sowell share their thoughts on Monroe's first win go the season.