Prattville Travels to Auburn

Dee Finley

The Prattville Lions will travel to Lee County Friday night to take on the Auburn Tigers in the second round of the state class 6A playoffs. The Tigers drew the home date by virtual of their 35-15 road victory win over the Theodore Bobcats.

Prattville defeated Theodore earlier in the season, 41-14 in a game that was shorten to three quarters because of a driving rain storm and threatening thunder and lighting in Theodore.

Followers of the high school recruiting trail are quite familiar with the Tigers. Dee Finley, a defensive back, is a five-star prospect. Finley has spurned home town Auburn University and has verbally committed to the Florida Gators. Of course a verbal commitment has no legitimate binding to it.

Regardless of Finley's high reputation, he is not the only outstanding player on the Auburn High roster.

The high school Tigers is a solid team with a number of excellent players. They dropped three games during the regular season. In their opener at Millbrook, the Tigers made a bunch of errors, or as head coach Tim Carter said, "We shot ourselves in the foot a couple of times." The Mustangs won 40-24.

Midway through the season the Tigers fell on the road at Enterprise 16-7, and in the annual blood-letting for 6A championship of Lee County the Tigers fell to Opelika in Opelika, 23-3.

Friday night on the road the Tigers made a statement by whacking region one runners-up Theodore easily. While Finley draws most of the attention, and rightfully, he's legit,. Auburn is not a one man team, however.

Tim Carter, in his second year as head coach of the Tigers, has the Tigers in the second round of the state playoffs for the second consecutive season. In his first season last fall Carter guided the Tigers to a first round win over Satsuma, 27-24, before falling to McGill-Toolen in the second round, 27-7.

In the win over Theodore, Auburn's defense gave up 162 yards rushing to Theodore's great running back Demetrius Thomas (has committed to Southern Mississippi) in the first half of play. At halftime Carter made some adjustments and held Thomas to eight-yards the second half.

Auburn scored on their first possession in five plays with Brandon Ross scoring on a 27-yard run. An early pass interception by linebacker Q.T. Thornton, gave the Tigers the ball at the Bobcats 17. Three plays later quarterback Calvin Jenkins scored from the one.

The Tigers used a halfback pass from Creede Simpson to Finley for the third touchdown, a 70-yard bomb, and were up 21-0 quickly. Finley also picked off one pass setting up another Tiger touchdown.

"We got penalties at bad times, but I thought we played good," Theodore coach Bill Meredith said. "Folks don't realize how young we are. We played above our heads all season and did well to finish second in our region with a freshman quarterback and 10 new starters on defense."

"We had an early turnover in the first quarter and got up on them quick," Auburn coach Tim Carter said. "I think they had their confidence smacked around a little by Hoover last week (Hoover drummed the Bobcats in the final regular season game, 59-28)."

Other players to watch in the Tigers arsenal include offensive linemen Casanova Selvage (6-3, 285), and Robert Tyler (6-0, 300) and linebackers Greg Brown (5-10,180) and Jacob Beck (6-0,195).

The Auburn High School Tigers play in Duck Samford Stadium located at 1600 East University Blvd. at the corner of Glenn Avenue. The stadium seats 7,120, so it is slightly larger than Stanley-Jensen.

The stadium was built by the city of Auburn in 1968. It was named for a former Auburn University football player, James Drake (Duck) Samford, who stayed in Auburn and became very active in local youth sports.

To reach the stadium get off at the Auburn airport exit, take a left across I-85 onto Bent Creek Road, go past the Hilton Gardens Inn, turn left on East University Blvd. and follow it to Glenn Avenue.

Auburn High's 2007 season record
Stanhope Elmore (40-24)
Dothan Northview (14-6)
Phenix City Central (35-21)
Russell County (42-10)
Jeff Davis (28-7)
Enterprise (7-16)
Dothan (49-13)
Smiths Station (42-0)
Robert E. Lee (31-13)
Opelika (3-23)
Theodore (35-15) source for Alabama high school football.

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