Aaron Diggs

The Auburn High football team will try to build on the momentum of last week's critical region win when they host Minor for homecoming on Friday. 

The Tigers bounced back in the region last Thursday with a 42-22 win over Jeff Davis in Montgomery.

Auburn turned the ball over four times in the first half but capitalized on the Volunteers'  miscues to go up by nine at half. The Tigers' second half performance was more in line with what head coach Adam Winegarden was looking for from the team. 

"I thought in the second half we played really consistent football. I thought in the first half we were playing really hard, but just making a lot of errors," he said. "We made a lot of mistakes in the first half. We played a lot cleaner in the second half and really kind of pulled away and extended the lead.

"We’ve got great kids that play really hard. We just need to keep working to play cleaner football and play with great confidence."

Winegarden added that it was huge that the Tigers were able to bounce back with a win after suffering a loss to region foe Lee the week before. 

"This team has a lot of resiliency," he said. "They’ve handled the adversities we’ve faced this season really, really well, and had a great attitude through it all."

The Tigers will now turn their focus to Minor. Auburn High beat the Tigers from Birmingham 44-7 last season, although Winegarden notes that it isn't the same team as a year ago. 

"They’ve very athletic," he said. "Their team is much improved from last year, and I know they’re going to come here to knock us off."

Roar on the Corner, the Tigers' homecoming parade, will kick off the week's festivities at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday. 

Auburn High (3-2, 2-1) and Minor (2-3) will meet at 7 p.m. Friday in Duck Samford Stadium. 

"Homecoming is obviously part of the high school experience, so we want the kids to be able to enjoy everything that comes with it," said Winegarden. 

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