Undefeated Auburn High Tigers Set to Clash With Central Red Devils
AUBURN AND CENTRAL SQUARE OFF ON FRIDAY, WINNER WILL STAND ALONE ATOP AHSSA 7A REGION TWO
The Auburn High Tigers are 6-0 this season, winning their games by an average of about 29 points. Their biggest hurdle this season is on Friday when they take on Central.
“We’ve struggled against Central the past several years,” said Auburn High head coach, Adam Winegarden. “If we want to have a chance to win the region we know they’re a team we need to beat.”
Central lost their opening two non-region games to Hoover and Eufuala. They squeaked out a two point win over Opelika last Friday. They’re hoping close game experience pays off this week.
“Hopefully that experience will help us. Hopefully playing in those physical type of games will help us with this game,” says Central head coach, Patrick Nix.
The Tigers are in their second week of preparation for central after Bob Jones had to forfeit last week due to covid-19 concerns.
“We’ve been locked in since last Monday. That’s when our preparations started for Central so it helps us to get an extra week on them,” said Auburn High Senior Quarterback, Matthew Caldwell.
For the Red Devils the game plan is simple.
“We have to have more points than them. Bottom line,” said Nix. “However you get it done, doesn’t matter. This is one of those games when it’s all said and done you just have to find a way to win.”
The winner of this game will most likely win the AHSAA 7a region two title and most likely and secure home field advantage throughout the playoffs.
“We know it’s a big game, but we don’t want to over hype it,” said Caldwell.
“Whoever has won this game the past several years has usually ended up at the top of the region. This year is no different,” said Winegarden.
“If you lose you’re definitely going to have a hard time being home through the playoffs,” says Nix. “If you win, you have a great chance of being home through the playoffs so I don’t know if you can underestimate how big the game is.”
Kickoff is set for Friday at 8pm Eastern at Garrett-Harrison stadium.