Auburn High Interception

Auburn High celebrates an interception against IMG Academy on Oct. 29, 2021. The Tigers will face Central in a rematch on Friday night. 

On a cold night in Duck Samford Stadium, the Auburn High defense was white-hot in its 39–3 win over the Baker Hornets.

The Tiger defense limited the Hornets to only three points, as well as having four sacks on the night.

“We got good push-up in the middle with Bradyn (Joiner), the guys that are inside, Molik Mason, Jordan (Reese),” Auburn High coach Keith Etheredge said. “All those guys got some good push-up inside.”

The defense showed out early, stopping a red zone attempt on the first offensive drive of the game. The Hornets had dinked-and-dunked their way to a 15-play drive that ended with a field goal instead of a touchdown. It was the only red zone appearance for the Hornets on the night.

“I think we did a good job coming off the edge, and I think that Brad Harper did a good job of anchoring in the middle at linebacker,” Etheredge said.

As a result of having four sacks, the Hornets were forced to have quarterback Josh Flowers get the ball out quickly to evade pressure. This led to short drives by Baker that didn’t end in points, making the defense having to go back out onto the field without getting much time to rest.

“We played good in the secondary,” Etheredge said. “We covered them well, they got some great receivers.”

The Tigers forced two-consecutive three-and-outs on the other two offensive drives for Baker in the first half. 

The Auburn offense took advantage of a tired defense, using a powerful running attack to feast on the ground. The Tigers rushed for over 175 yards in the blowout win, and quarterback Clyde Pittman was able to air the ball out as well. 

“We did what we’ve been doing, we ran the football to set up the pass and we got some receivers open,” Etheredge said.

“I think Clyde’s been getting better and better every week. He does a good job of throwing to the open guy.”

The Auburn defense wasn’t the only thing on the field that couldn’t be stopped on Friday night. Camden Etheredge, the son of his head coach, had three receiving touchdowns in Auburn’s win. 

“(Camden) was big, I'm proud of him,” Etheredge said. “He gets that from his momma, I guess.”

The Tigers will now move on to face Enterprise, who defeated Fairhope 35–10 on Friday. 

“It was great to see the fans out here,” Etheredge said. “It’s a cold night, but they come out every Friday night. That’s what's special about being here, it's great to get my first playoff win here, but I want three more this season.”

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