Auburn targets in Alabama high school state playoffs
Auburn wide receiver target Justyn Ross highlighted the Alabama group with his second-round performance. Central-Phenix City defeated Lee-Montgomery 42-14 in large part because of Ross’ big night. He hauled in 4 receptions for 61 yards. Three of those were touchdowns, including a one-handed grab that was so highlight worthy that SportsCenter tweeted it out (ranked No. 8 in the top-10 plays). Central moves on to the 7A semifinals to play McGill-Toolen.
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Hoover dismantled Hewitt-Trussville 56-21 to advance to the state semifinals on the other side of the 7A bracket, where the Bucs will take on Thompson, which includes 2019 prospects Taulia Tagovailoa and Amari Kight. In the quarterfinal win, Auburn commits Shedrick Jackson and George Pickens both snagged touchdowns. Jackson caught a 49-yard touchdown on Hoover’s first offensive play of the game. Pickens had a one-handed, 23-yard reception for a score. Auburn 2020 receiver target Dazalin Worsham caught a 72-yard touchdown pass for Hewitt-Trussville.
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Park Crossing, with Auburn targets Cam Taylor and Tank Jenkins, fell to Opelika 27-21 to end its season. Taylor put on an impressive performance in the loss. Despite a pair of fumbles, Taylor threw for 102 yards and rushed for 143, including a 23-yard touchdown pass and an 8-yard rushing score. Even on one of Taylor’s fumbles, his athleticism showed itself, losing the ball on the 1-yard line following a 49-yard quarterback scramble.
Auburn running back commit Asa Martin proved his two-way ability Friday night when he lined up at cornerback for most of the game. As a result, he only received 8 offensive touches for Austin in its 42-35 victory over Shades Valley. That didn’t stop Martin from excelling. Two of his touches went for touchdowns — a 32-yard run and a 21-yard reception. With the win, the Martin-led Austin squad will face off against Bo Nix and Pinson Valley in the 6A quarterfinals next week.
That’s because Pinson Valley cruised to a 41-13 win over Ramsay. Bo Nix tossed 4 touchdowns passes with 291 yards. He hit six different receivers, most notably LiAllen Dalley, who caught 3 of Nix’s touchdown passes, including a 63-yard strike. Pinson Valley at Austin will be the game to watch for Auburn fans in a classic matchup between running back commit and potential quarterback of the future.
Mobile Christian defensive end — and major Auburn target — Andres Fox sacked the opposing quarterback on Gordo’s opening possession of the game that thwarted the only realistic scoring chance of the game. The Fox-led defense hasn’t allowed a point in the 3A playoffs yet this season. Mobile Christian will play Clarke County next week.
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Auburn wide receiver commit Matthew Hill did what he usually does in Brookwood’s second-round win over Milton. He carried the ball 7 times for 78 yards, including a 70-yard run that set up a goal-line score. He also caught 3 passes for 75 yards, helping his team move on to the 7A state quarterfinals against Tift County next weekend.
Quindarious Monday, the top Auburn safety commit, did everything for Carver in its victory over Flowery Branch. He caught 5 passes for 54 yards and 1 touchdown. Monday also had in interception in his team’s playoff win. Carver will host Jones County this Friday.
Thomson and Americus-Sumter played an overtime nail biter that came down to a missed Americus-Sumter extra point in overtime. That means Auburn’s newest commit, Christian Tutt will move onto the state semifinals where Thomson avoided Clemson quarterback commit Trevor Lawrence thanks to an upset by Blessed Trinity. In Thomson’s win, Christian Tutt rushed the ball 6 times for 53 yards and 2 touchdowns. Tutt had 39 return yards in the game.
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Auburn quarterback commit Joey Gatewood captained Bartram Trail to a 49-21 victory over Lincoln. He completed all 6 of his pass attempts for a total of 27 yards. Gatewood did most of his damage on the ground, rushing 13 times for 107 yards and 2 touchdowns — one for a 54-yard score. Batram Trail will face Fleming Island next week in the 6A quarterfinals. Gatewood rushed for 183 yards and threw for 88 yards with 2 total touchdowns in Bartram Trail’s regular-season victory over Fleming Island.
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American Heritage might be the team to beat in the 5A state playoffs, and it proved why against Bishop Moore over the weekend. Auburn wide receiver target Anthony Schwartz caught 4 passes for 114 yards, the last of which was a 82-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter to secure the victory. He had another long touchdown reception called back earlier in the game for a penalty unrelated to him. American Heritage will face Cardinal Gibbons on Friday.
Auburn running back commit Shaun Shivers led his Chaminade-Madonna Prep team to a 56-0 victory against Benjamin. He rushed for 152 yards and 3 touchdowns on — wait for it — only 7 carries. Shivers broke two long touchdowns runs for 59 yards and 57 yards. His other touchdown came from 18 yards out. Chaminade-Madonna will play Clearwater Central Catholic next week.
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