Game of the Week: Central vs. Auburn High
THE RED DEVILS AND TIGERS TO BATTLE FOR THE REGION CHAMPIONSHIP
We are two weeks away from high school football playoffs, and it’s that time of year when region championships are on the line. The Class 7A, Region 2 title is up for grabs between the Phenix City Central Red Devils and Auburn High Tigers for the second year in-a-row. An exciting matchup for our WLTZ Game of the Week.
“It’s fun. We were hoping it came down to something with a big atmosphere like Auburn,” said Red Devils receiver Peter Jakes. “We’re ready for it.”
“It’s going to be a good fight. It’s going to be a dog fight,” said defensive back Omari Porter. “You know, it’s not going to be a one quarter game. It’s going to be a fourth quarter battle and we’re really looking forward to it.”
The big matchup to watch will be between the Central receiver and Auburn defense, especially their secondary led by senior Porter who is committed to Stanford.
“They probably have the best secondary,” said Central quarterback Tucker Melton. “Omari I’ve played with him in some 7-on-7 things. He’s really talented. They’ve got a pretty nasty front-7 too, so we’re going to be ready for it though.”
The Red Devils have plenty of playmakers at wide receiver, like 6’3″ Clemson commit E.J. Williams and 6’0″ Peter Jakes. Auburn Head Coach Adam Winegarden said his defense must compete at a high level.
“Iron sharpens iron,” said Porter. “So whenever I get to go against them I’m really excited for that competition aspect and being able to go at it.”
Central’s defense is focused on slowing down Auburn High’s run game. Last week, Coastal Carolina commit Aaron Diggs led the Tiger’s offense with over 200 rushing yards against Prattville, helping AHS win 17-3.
“Aaron has been a big part of our offense, especially the past few weeks,” said Winegarden. “Obviously in the last game he carried the load for our team. Every game someone else steps up.”
“We’re going to give our best. O-line has been doing a great job,” said Diggs. “Our offense in general has been doing a great job. We’re going to fight.”
Like a rivalry game, records are tossed when these two teams take the field.
“Last year, right here at home, we thought we were really good, going to win the state championship,” said Central Head Coach Jamey Dubose. “It was 0-0 midway through the third quarter, so we expect a tight football game.”
Kickoff is set for this Friday at 7 p.m. CT in Duck Samford Stadium.