After a week of recuperation, the Lee-Scott Warriors are ready to get back to playing football this Friday as they take on the rival Glenwood Gators.
Glenwood leads the series 21-15, including the most recent matchup between the two, in which they took down the Warriors 29-20 last season. Lee-Scott hasn’t beaten Glenwood since 2017.
The Warriors come into the game looking for their first win of the season after a Week 1 loss to Chambers Academy. Glenwood is 2-0 after wins over Bessemer Academy (37-25) and Escambia Academy (24-22). This will be the first region matchup for both teams. The Gators are ranked No. 1in AISA 3A Region One and No. 2 in the state, while the Warriors are third in the region.
After the loss in the season-opener, Lee-Scott head coach Buster Daniel gave his kids the weekend to rest before returning to the field last Monday.
"We got back to work on Monday to develop some toughness,” said Daniel. “We lined up our offense and said every time we don’t get five yards there would be consequences; then we lined up our defense and said every time you give up five or more yards there will be consequences, so I really felt like our guys got after it.”
Both teams have had to overcome the challenges of playing football in the Covid-19 era, but the common feeling among both is a readiness and excitement to have another opportunity to play.
“I’m really proud of our guys. They could’ve come in and hung their heads but they came back and went through practice and really got after it," he said.
Daniel spoke highly of quarterback Tate Mckelvey, calling him a great leader on both sides of the ball. He also praised Jacob Baker, who had to fill in at right tackle after a few players were required to sit out due to Covid-19 precautions.
Daniel acknowledged that the game on Friday will be another tough one, but he is confident his players won’t back down.
“We are going back to work and taking this one game at a time," he said. "Our toughest three games are the first three so we just have to take this on a game-by-game basis and work hard and get after it.”
The Warriors will look to boost their effort and rekindle their season as they seek revenge this Friday night against the Gators. The game will be hosted by Glenwood, with kickoff set for 7 p.m.
Auburn High to face Prattville
The Tigers will look to keep the season rolling on Friday against Prattville after roaring past rival Opelika last Friday night as Auburn cruised to a 37-10 win the Bulldogs.
The 27- point win was the largest margin of victory since the two faced off in 2016. Opelika still leads the matchup 47-45-3 all-time.
Auburn drew first blood on the night with a safety as the first quarter remained a defensive battle. The first quarter would end with Auburn up only 2-0.
The second quarter saw Opelika take their its and only lead of the game after an interception put the Bulldogs on the 8 yard-line. However, the Dawgs were unable to punch it in and had to settle for a field goal.
The Tigers would strike next, connecting on a touchdown pass and taking an interception to the house to make it 16-3 with under five minutes left in the half.
Opelika would complete an 80-yard touchdown pass to make it a modest 16-10 game heading into the half. The Dawgs would not score again all night.
The third quarter would see the Tigers force a pair of interceptions and a fumble while rushing for a touchdown to make it 23-10 at the end of the third. Auburn sealed the deal in the fourth quarter by scoring 14 by way of one rushing and one passing touchdown.
The Tigers are now 2-0 and are poised to make a splash this season. To continue their undefeated hopes, they must go through Prattville next.
The Lions hold the all-time record over the Tigers 18-16-2 but Auburn has won the last five matchups. In fact, Prattville has not beaten Auburn since 2009.
Both teams will come into the game undefeated at 2-0. Prattville’s wins have been a 40-10 win over Wetumpka and a 16-10 win over Stanhope-Elmore. Auburn has wins against Opelika and Park Crossing, 46-28.
One of these teams undefeated aspirations will end just as soon as it started this Friday. It will be the first region matchup of the season for both teams. Currently, Auburn is No. 1 in Region 2 standings while Prattville is No. 6.
The game will be played in Duck-Samford Stadium, the last of Auburn’s three-straight home games to start the season. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.