For one half, the Auburn Trojans like like an average high-school football team.
They turned the ball over three times and led Kentlake just 14-7.
From that point on, though, they looked anything but average, pulling away for a 42-7 victory tonight that keeps them in control in the South Puget Sound League 4A North Division at 6-0. It was coach Gordy Elliott’s 50th victory at Auburn in seven seasons.
Auburn’s offensive line, which includes a pair of sophomores, continued to impress. The team leads the league in rushing at 388 yards per game, and that will go up after tonight’s 458-yard performance that nearly netted three 100-yard rushers (Chris Young finished with 126, Austin Embody 119 and Jeff Gouveia 86).
Kentlake coach Mike Shepard called Auburn a “three-headed monster,” and then there’s QB Carlo Lavoi, who broke a 29-yard touchdown run.
The Trojans’ only true test remaining appears to be Tahoma in Week 8. Remember, they beat Federal Way in the opening game of the season. Kentlake (3-3, 3-2) showed signs of life tonight, despite losing a third straight. QB Lewi Larson threw some nice passes (he completed 14 of 28 for 120 yards and a TD) and his receivers made several nifty moves after their catches.
But if the Falcons hope to earn one of the division’s four playoff spots, they are going to have to beat either Tahoma or Kentwood down the stretch, or possibly both. First up is Tahoma next week.