Big plays were the name of the game as Auburn ran by Lakes, 49-27, on Friday night.
With the victory Auburn advances to play Meadowdale next week on the road. Meadowdale is coming off of a loss to Marysville-Pilchuck.
“Everybody is good. You have 32 good teams in the state, so whoever you play is a good one,” Auburn head coach Gordon Elliott said. “We just wanted to prove we belonged in the 32. We didn’t just want to back in. We wanted to show that we deserved to be one of the 32 teams and I think we showed that.”
With 32 teams left, Auburn showed Friday they may have one of the more potent ground games in the state.
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With scoring rushes of 52, 47, 30, 17, 5 and 1 yards, respectively, the Trojans’ run game was a difficult matchup for the undermanned Lancers, who conceded 273 yards spread across six different ball carriers.
Senior fullback Patrick O’Dell did the most damage for the Trojans, producing a big three-touchdown performance. He also added 137 yards on 15 carries.
Injuries had taken a toll on the other side of the football, forcing Lancers head coach Dave Miller to rely on many players who started the year on junior varsity.
Of those newcomers, quarterback Robert Reiten showed quite a bit of promise, throwing 21 of 35 for 295 yards. The junior, making his first varsity start, also had four touchdown passes and an interception in the loss.
“He did a nice job and he’s going to be a good one,” Miller said. “It’s only his second time (out there). We threw him in there last week when we had to and he did some good things. I thought tonight he played pretty doggone well.”
One oddity of the game was a series of five turnovers in a matter of nine plays during the second quarter, four of which came on fumbles.
“I don’t know. I don’t want to ever see it again,” Elliot said when asked about the turnover sequence. “We just didn’t take care of the ball very well in the first half and that kept them in the game.”
“That’s just inexperienced guys that are playing for the first time and getting their first experience,” Miller said in explanation of Lakes’ turnover woes.