AUBURN — Ean Nation scored two touchdowns in the third quarter and the Auburn High football team booked their ticket to the Class 7A state semifinals on Friday with a 48-20 win over Dothan.
Nation had a record-breaking night, eclipsing the program’s single-season receiving mark with its 56th catch of the year in the first quarter. He had six receptions for 104 yards and two touchdowns.
Auburn, ranked No. 4 in the state, led 21-14 at halftime before Nation scored two unanswered touchdowns in the third quarter and helped the Tigers pull away.
Auburn (11-1) advances to the Class 7A state semifinals for the fourth straight year. Auburn High outscored Dothan 42-14 in the regular season and won the playoff rematch in another blowout.
Dothan responded to Auburn High’s first touchdown with an 80-yard touchdown by Raymon Blackmon, which helped keep Wolves in contention in the first half. After DV Williams scored two touchdowns to make it 21-7, Dothan’s Blackmon scored with 1:08 left in the second quarter to make it a one-score game at halftime.
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That’s when Nation and Auburn High’s offense took over, leading Auburn back to the state semifinals.
The Tigers generated more than 500 yards of offense while keeping their opponent within half, and while some individual performances stood out, it was the efforts around those that gave Auburn High a dominating win over Dothan. .
Behind its front line, Auburn High recorded 510 yards of offense and averaged 8.1 yards per play. The Tigers were led by running back DV Williams, who had a team-best 112 yards in 20 runs and recorded all three touchdowns in the first half.
Nation and the Tigers totaled 266 passing yards thanks to remarkable lines from quarterbacks Clyde Pittman and Davis Harsin. Pittman was 15 of 20 passes for 208 yards and two touchdowns, and Harsin was 2 of 2 for 58 yards. Pittman also had seven rush attempts for 68 yards and Harsin had two rush attempts for four yards and a touchdown.
Wolves finished the night with 249 yards. Eighty-three of those yards came after intermission, with four of their five shots ending in a punt.
Blackmon scored on a 1-yard run late in the fourth quarter, his third touchdown of the night.
Dothan finished the season at 8-4 under freshman head coach Jed Kennedy.
Class 7ACentral-Phenix City 45, Company 14: The Wildcats trailed 24-8 at halftime being eliminated from the Class 7A playoffs.
The Wildcats end the season at 8-4, while Central-Phenix City (10-2) advances to the state semifinal against Auburn.
Trailing 14-0, Enterprise scored with 29 seconds left in the first quarter when Eric Winters scored on a 2-yard run to complete a 14-play, 76-yard drive.
Aiden White ran in the 2-point conversion, making it 14-8.
But the Wildcats didn’t get back on the scoreboard until 8:38 remaining in the game when Tre Kemmerlin scored on a 10-yard run to complete a 7-play, 43-yard drive. The 2-point conversion try was stopped and the score stood at 38-14.
Central-Phenix City nailed a late touchdown for the final margin of victory.
Class 5ACharles Henderson 34, Tallassee 7: The No. 10-ranked Trojans took the win on the road, improving their record to 10-1 and advancing to the third round of the playoffs.
Charles Henderson will host undefeated, 5A-ranked UMS-Wright (12-0) on Thursday night at Veterans Memorial Stadium.
Jywon Boyd caught touchdown passes for 28 and 13 yards on offense and had four interceptions on defense to lead the Trojans. Zach Coleman (26 yards) and Antonio Frazier (4) both had touchdowns and Nic Peerson threw 48 and 36 yards.
Parker Adams threw for 254 yards on 14 of 25 passes with both touchdowns to Boyd, who had nine catches for 195 yards. Coleman added 104 rushing yards on 14 carries.
Class 3APike County 41, Alabama Christian 39: The Bulldogs were down 39-27 with just under seven minutes to play before rallying for the road win.
With 5:13 to go, Pike County scored to shoot within 39-34 of a 40-yard touchdown pass from Omari Barrow to Ian Foster. The two, who combined on three TD passes in the game, again hung on for 31 yards with 1:30 left to put the Bulldogs ahead. The score was set up by Pike County recovering an onside kick.
Alabama Christian, however, threatened in the final minute, passing to the Bulldog 12. After a 14-yard loss put the Eagles back, ACA attempted a game-winning field goal attempt from 40 yards, but Pike County blocked it for preserve victory.
Foster caught five passes for 155 yards with three touchdowns. Nemo Williams rushed for a 6-yard touchdown and Zay Carlisle on a 1-yard run. Markelis Hobdy returned an interception 45 yards for a touchdown.
The Bulldogs trailed 25-0 in the first quarter before reducing the deficit to 25-14 at halftime.
Pike County improved to 8-3 and will host Mobile Christian (5-7) next week in the third round of the playoffs.
Class 2ABB Comer 22, Wicksburg 14: The Panthers had a late run with an interception with just over a minute left in the game as BB Comer held on for the win in the game played at Wicksburg.
Wicksburg took over at their 2-yard line with 4:03 left on a final drive, but couldn’t make the return.
BB Comer led 14-0 before Wicksburg scored with 4:14 left in the half on a Jaylen Murray touchdown, pulling the Panthers to 14-7 at halftime.
Early in the third quarter, BB Comer took a 22-7 lead, but Wicksburg closed the lead on another Murray touchdown with 5:51 left in the third quarter.
Logan Munoz kicked off the two extra runs after the Panthers scored.
Murray rushed for 76 yards on 29 carries with both touchdowns. JT Ackerman had 96 yards rushing on 18 attempts and Gabe Glover had four carries for 14 yards.
Tyler Williams caught three passes for 65 yards and Aiden Rice caught one pass for 20 yards.
Defensively, Aiden Steinmetz had a huge game for Wicksburg with 17 tackles, while Maddox Burkhardt had 13 and Izaac Murray had 10.
Class 2AReeltown 55, GW long 0: The Rebels’ season ended with the loss on the road.
GW Long, ranked No. 9 in the state, finished his season at 8-4.
Reeltown, ranked No. 3, improved to 10-1 and advances to the quarterfinals of the playoffs.
Class 1AFreshwater 27, Elba 20: The Tigers trailed 27-0 at halftime, rallied in the second half behind running back Alvin Henderson, but fell short in the second round of the Class 1A playoffs.
It was the first loss of the year for Elba (11-1), while Sweet Water (8-2) advanced to the third round of the playoffs.
Henderson rushed for 201 yards on 18 carries and scored on carries for 51, 82 and 1 yards after intermission.
Leading 27-0 at halftime, Sweet Water had 332 rushing yards in the first half, but Elba’s defense tightened in the final two quarters and the Tigers offense was not followed.
After Elba was limited to just 11 total rushing yards in the first half, Henderson scored on the second play of the third quarter on the 51-yard run for Elba’s first points of the night.
On Elba’s next possession, Henderson broke free for an 82-yard run as the Tigers cut the lead to 27-13, where the score was in the fourth quarter.
Henderson scored on a 1-yard run with 6:55 left in the game and the Tigers reached the Sweet Water 40 with 2:52 left, but the Bulldogs held on then to wrap up the win.
Class 1ABrantley 41, Linden 20: Jayden Parks had 150 passing yards with two touchdowns and Keldric Brown had 135 rushing yards with two touchdowns on 10 carries for the Bulldogs.
Kaleb Weed had 12 tackles, Cooper Layton 11 and Brown 10.
Brantley improved to 10-2 and advanced to the third round of the playoffs.
GeorgiaFirst County (Ga.) 60, Turner County 19: Ty Stovall and the Early County running game had a great night routing Turner County 60-19 in a Class A, Division II first-round playoff game at Georgia.
The No. 3-ranked Bobcats (8-3) advanced to a second-round game at home next week against Telfair County.
Stovall had 343 rushing yards and seven touchdowns on just 17 carries and the Bobcats finished with 602 rushing yards on 25 carries with nine touchdowns in the rout of the Titans.
Chris Williams added 198 yards on 10 carries and Cemyrian Stapleton added 60 yards on three carries with a TD.
Early County did not attempt a pass in the game.
Stapleton scored on a 1-yard run, Stovall followed with a 58-yard TD run, Williams scored 52 yards, and Stovall a 57-yard touchdown in the first quarter.
Stovall won rushes for 63 and 5 yards in the second quarter, added TD carries for 32 and 61 yards in the third and finished with a score of 42 yards in the fourth quarter.
Defensively, B’Anthony Wade had 11 assisted tackles, while Williams had nine assists and two solos with a tackle for a loss. Jaron Davis had seven assisted tackles and two solos with a quarterback sack. Stapleton added six assists and three solos with an interception.
Charlton County 44, Seminole County 0: Seminole County’s season ended with a fourth-place loss to Charlton County.
The Indians finished the season with a 4-7 record.