MONROE, NC - The North Carolina High School football season comes to an end on Saturday. One school in Union County has a chance to close out a perfect season with one final victory.
This season has surprised even the closest supporters of the Monroe football team.
"They're shocked," said Melvin Bonilla, defensive back. "We're undefeated, fifteen and zero. They're just shocked. They're like, 'oh my God, I can't believe it.'"
The team isn't a huge group, Monroe only has about thirty-five players on the roster. No one stands out above the rest, and no one needs to.
"You don't have what you would call a superstar," said Johnny Sowell, head coach. "You have a team. You have kids that are playing for each other. It doesn't matter who gets the catches, gets the carries, or gets the tackles. It's about the team right now."
All of the hype and excitement came to a head at the school's pep rally on Friday. It was clear that everyone involved took a little time to appreciate the moment.
"Our kids are excited, but they're still focused," Sowell said. "The community is excited."
Monroe will take on Bunn High School on Saturday, at Carter-Finley Stadium on the NC State campus in Raleigh, NC.