Matthew Caldwell

Auburn High got another unexpected bye last week as Riverdale from Georgia forfeited the game, improving the Tigers’ record to 8-0 without having to step foot on the field. 

Riverdale and Auburn had never faced off against each other and both will have to wait a little bit longer before they do. 

Auburn took the bye week to focus on its remaining two regular season games, which double as their final region matchups. 

For the Tigers, they will need to find a way to get motivated against a Smiths Station team that has been up and down all season. The last game Auburn played was an emotional win against Central, and coach Adam Winegarden knows that to avoid tripping up against Smiths Station his team needs to focus.

“Sometimes, it’s tough emotionally to move on from a big win like that but our guys are tough and they will respond,” he said.

The Tigers come into the game undefeated, with wins over Park Crossing, Opelika, Prattville, Dothan High, Jeff Davis, Central-Phenix City, and forfeit wins over Bob Jones and Riverdale. 

Smiths Station comes into the game 3-4, with wins over Benjamin Russell and Jeff Davis, a forfeit win over Russell County, and losses to Gardendale, Central-Phenix City, Prattville and Enterprise. The Panthers must beat Auburn and Dothan High in order to make the playoffs this season. 

It should be a good one as the Tigers look to keep their undefeated stretch alive and extend their winning streak over Smiths Station to seven. 

Auburn will host Smiths Station in Duck Samford Stadium, with kickoff set for 7 p.m.


Warriors pick up win, turn focus to Hooper Academy


Lee-Scott will look to build on the momentum from last week's 31-30 win over Valiant Cross when the Warriors travel to face Hooper Academy on Friday. 

The win over Valiant Cross was the second on the season for the Warriors, who sit at 2-5 overall and 1-2 in region play. 

Hooper Academy is 4-3 on the season, with wins against Coosa Valley Academy, Banks Academy, Lowndes Academy and Fort Dale Academy, with losses to Edgewood Academy, Pike Liberal Arts, and Glenwood. Hooper Academy has not had a region win all season, but has only played Pike Liberal Arts and Glenwood, the two region matchups that Lee-Scott also lost.  

It will be a tough matchup for both teams as Lee-Scott hopes to improve to 2-2 in region play and end its regular season on a high note, while Hooper Academy looks to pick up its first region win. 

The Warriors have not lost to Hooper Academy in this century, having won 10 straight. The last time Hooper won was in 1998.  

The game be played on Hooper Academy's Davis-Henry field on Friday night. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

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