Auburn High School: Status Report
Auburn quarterback Jim Hester
Auburn quarterback Jim Hester
Posted Sep 13, 2006

It didn't look good Friday night for Auburn High School quarterback Jim Hester. He was helped off the field in the second half of the Northview game and his leg placed in an air cast. Luckily the injury is not as serious as the first indication. Coach Tim Carter talks of the injury and a recap of the game.

"We thought last Friday that he had broken it, but it's not. He was walking on it yesterday, and if he can jog today (Wednesday) he will serve as back-up to Sonta Whatley," coach Tim Carter said.

Auburn meets 6A Central-Phenix City (0-2) Friday night. Central lost to Smith's Station 14-7 last week. The victory ends a drought that dates back to 1999.

Whatley assumed the quarterback duties after Hester left the field. He ran the ball well, but had a couple of turnovers in the form of interceptions.

"Sonta has been doing great this week. He is such a leader--his attitude, he just does whatever you ask him. He plays back-up quarterback because we really want him at wide receiver along with Ralph Spry. That gives us really good receivers on both sides of field," coach Carter said.

Dee Finley who recorded two interceptions and a punt returned for a touchdown last week will also line up at wide receiver.

Ralph Spry continues to impress with seven receptions for 163 yards and three touchdowns in the two games. If that wasn't enough, he threw a 50-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Sonta Whatley in their Friday night 21-7 victory.

Auburn's defense has not disappointed this season. At first blush the 31-21 loss in the first game to (6A) Stanhope Elmore appears as a lot of points, but consider one score was a 95-yard touchdown by defensive back Chalankis Brown off of a fumble recovery. Another was a 30-yard interception returned for a touchdown. Two others were kick-offs returned for touchdowns. That left a field goal the Mustangs got after an Auburn fumble. The defense has only given up one touchdown this season and that was Friday night on a 77-yard drive by the Red Devils.

The defensive ends at Auburn, Brandon Bourdreaux and Brandon High Dorsey, are getting their names called frequently for great defensive pressure.

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