(WTVM) - By Kim Smith
It's time for more Friday night lights as high school football teams prepare to kick off!
Central Phenix City has pulled off 2 tough wins, last week coming in the final 34 seconds of the game against Harris County and the Auburn Tigers have fallen just short of a win.
The Red Devils 2 and 0, and the Tigers 0 and 2.
The Red Devils feel they have really come together as a team especially in light of the controversial coaching change over the summer…
A key focus for the Red Devils was ball security, coming off week 1 where they turned the ball over 4 times. Last week, they corrected the issues and had zero turnovers.
Another point coach Jamey Dubose stressed was the way this team has really been able to start fast scoring on the opening drives in first 2 games and remain relentless throughout the 4 quarters.
Now the Auburn Tigers look a little different this time around after coming off a run for the state title. Auburn lost 16 starters, and Coach Tim Carter says they are still overcoming some of their youthfulness
But this team has been able to rely on their leaders quarterback Bradley Northcutt and running back Tyus Flakes. Coach Carter stressed that the tigers are just one play short of being 2 and 0.
"I'm very proud of them, very proud of our effort," Dubose said. "We've given great effort for two weeks in a row and that's all you can ask of them. They've done a great job preparing each week and giving us an opportunity to win. We're going to go have a tough one this week in store. Again, the schedule doesn't get any easier and we've got to give it our best once again this week."
"We're not that far away from success," Carter said. "Playing these big games early has probably not been to our advantage, but it is what it is, so we just now got to get ready to play another really good football team. "
And as the Tigers continue to fight for their first win, they are really stressing playing strong especially in the final 12 minutes which this team has dedicated to their former defensive coordinator Robert Anthony Jeter who passed away last March.
We spoke with some of the players who even seemed a little choked up when asked about playing for Coach Jeter, and you can tell how important it is to this team..
Red devils on a quest to stay perfect, while the Tigers are playing for their first win with a purpose.
We'll have you covered with highlights tonight on Sports Overtime at 11.