The Auburn High football team will try to carry the momentum forward from its 44-0 shutdown of Enterprise last week when the Tigers host regional foe Lee on Friday.
Auburn's second shutout of the season put the Tigers at 2-1 overall and 1-0 in region play.
AHS head coach Adam Winegarden credited the preparation of the coaches and effort of the players for the strong defensive performance, as well as a helping hand from the offense and special teams, which put the defense in good position the entire game when it came to field position.
"The kids brought a tremendous attitude to the field. They played great assignment football throughout the game and really just hustled, and really just team-hustled in all phases of defense. We really dominated the line of scrimmage, too. That was huge.
"I also feel like our special teams and our offense protected the defense. We didn’t put them in a negative spot where they had to defend a short field. The week before, they were having to defend a short field the whole game. So I thought it was a correlation of great team football."
Picking up a region win was also huge for the Tigers, added Winegarden.
"Every region game is a playoff game. Obviously, we play in a really tough league, so every win is critical," he said, adding that the Enterprise win was also important for the Tigers coming off a tough loss to rival Opelika. "That was something that we really needed to do as far as the progression of our team. That was a big question — coming off a loss was how we were going to respond to improvement. I really thought the kids won the game on Friday on Monday. They showed up with just a tremendous attitude to improve and get better. Our coaching staff did a really good job of helping to prepare them. I think it was really big for them to see the fruits of their hard work."
The hard work will need to continue this Friday against a Lee team that has started strong this season with a 3-0 record, including a 59-14 win over region opponent Jeff Davis last weekend.
"I see a super-athletic team that’s very explosive in all phases," said Winegarden. "If we don’t play well in any phase, they can beat us. There can’t be any letdown of play in the game. We’ve got to be on high alert to play our best."
The Tigers and Generals will kick off at 7 p.m. Friday at Duck Samford Stadium.