The Auburn High football team will look to rebound from a tough 21-13 loss to rival Opelika last weekend when they host region foe Enterprise this weekend.
With a loss comes an opportunity to learn, said Auburn High head coach Adam Winegarden, who added that he told the team he was proud of their effort in the game.
"I thought our team competed really, really hard. I think we have a great will to win. I don’t think the result of the game had anything to do with our effort or will to win the game. We have a lot of learning to do as far as learning to play good football, so this week is a lot of teaching and learning from what we didn’t do well last week and also preparing for a very fine Enterprise team.
"But at the end of the day, we also have got to learn a lot in how to play winning football, so we’ve got to do a better job as coaches to help them be prepared to do that."
The matchup against the Wildcats is the first of three-straight games in a region considered by many to be the toughest in Class 7A.
"If you win, you are still able to learn things. If you’re not successful, you learn things too. But I think sometimes when you don’t win the game, obviously your urgency level is much higher to improve, so I think that’s one thing we’re experiencing now," said Winegarden. "Every game from now on, it’s a playoff game because you’re playing region opponents, so this will be a big game for us. Enterprise is a really good football team. We’ve got to do a great job of preparation, so we’ve got to improve quick from last week but also prepare to play a team that does thing differently than what we’re going to see all year."
The game between Tigers and Wildcats will kick off at 7 p.m. Friday in Duck Samford Stadium.