It was an all-out rushing performance on Friday night for Auburn High, finishing with over 250 yards and five touchdowns on the ground in its 56-21 win over Enterprise in the quarterfinals.
Running back DV Williams led the charge for Auburn High, finishing with 175 yards and three touchdowns on 14 carries in the win.
“He’s a great young player,” said Auburn High coach Keith Etheredge on Williams. “He’s a kid who’s done it all year for us … DV was a workhorse tonight.”
The game remained close in the first quarter, with the Tigers taking just three plays to score and further assisted by an 84-yard touchdown run by Enterprise’s Mykel Johnson to tie the game at seven early on.
“That goes back to our offensive coaching staff, they do a good job of finding (scoring opportunities),” Etheredge said.
The game changed on a blocked punt that Brad Harper returned for a touchdown. The Tigers added another touchdown before halftime on a 26-yard pass from quarterback Clyde Pittman to receiver Bakari Dailey.
“Brad’s savvy enough to scoop it up and take it back, so that’s big,” Etheredge said. “That’s big right before half to get that, and then we come back and get a stop and then we get the ball to Bakari.”
The Tigers were able to pull away, amassing a 36-14 lead going into the halftime locker room.
Auburn High’s Killian Massey scored the team’s fourth rushing touchdown of the night, this one from 42 yards out on the first offensive drive of the second half.
“I thought Killian had some great runs too,” Etheredge said. “Just super excited for those guys.”
Down 42-14 late in the third quarter, things began to get chippy between the two squads. A total of six penalties were called in a span of minute-and-a-half of game time, with three unsportsmanlike penalties called on the Wildcats, two personal fouls that offset and another penalty on Auburn High.
All-in-all, the penalty yards allowed the Tigers to drive down the field and eventually score on a 26-yard pass to Camden Etheredge for his fourth touchdown in the last two weeks.
“Don’t get into that, just play football,” said Etheredge on what he told his team when the game became chippy. “We can’t get into the mouthing; we can’t get into the pushing back and forth. If they push you, just put your hands up and walk away.”
Auburn High will now move on to face Central in the semifinals next Friday. The Red Devils are coming off a 77-41 walloping of Theodore, and also defeated Auburn High 21-7 earlier this season.
“We just got to continue to (run the ball), because next week, we got a monster,” Etheredge said. “It’s going to be fun though, we got an opportunity to play them again, you know that’s one of our losses. We get an opportunity to try and right a wrong.”