The Auburn High Football team escaped with a 17-13 win over their arch-rival Opelika on Friday night with the help of a stellar performance by the Tiger defense. Auburn safety Cally Chizik had two interceptions in the game, linebacker Mahamond Diabate had two sacks, and the Tigers blocked a punt in the fourth quarter. The Tiger’s win on Friday night was their first win over the Bulldogs since 2013 and the first in the Coach Adam Winegarden era. With the big rivalry game in the books, Auburn moves to 2-0 and now focuses on a new challenge, Central- Phenix City.
Central is currently the number one ranked team in AHSAA class 7A according to the latest Alabama Sports Writers Association High School Football Poll, and their play over the first two games proves that they are worthy of that title. The Red Devils beat Bob Jones 33-7 in week one, then soundly defeated Fairfield 62-0. In last Friday’s game against Fairfield, Central quarterback Peter Parrish threw for three touchdowns and defensive back Devonte Mathews had a pick-six.
The Tigers hope to have more success against Central than they did last season. In the 2016 regular season, Auburn traveled to Phenix City for their first road game of the year and lost 42-14. The Tigers then returned to Phenix City to take on the Red Devils in round two of the 7A playoffs, but again lost by a 48-9 final score.
Auburn High was ranked eighth in Wednesday’s Alabama Sports Writers Association High School Football Poll, and hopes to take the momentum from the Opelika game into Duck-Samford Stadium on Friday night. Air time will be at 6:30 CT on Wings 94.3 with the Auburn High broadcast team of Scott Bagwell, Blake Ramsey, and Noah Gardner. The game will also be streamed online at wingsfm.com or on the Wings 94.3 app.