Auburn put together an impressive first half then made just enough plays on both sides of the ball in the second half to get past injury-plagued Woodinville tonight at Auburn Memorial Field — where the Trojans haven’t lost since 2003.
It was 21-0 at halftime and the Falcons appeared clearly overmatched without starting QB Tim Ip and top RB Jordan Todesco, both on the sidelines in street clothes. They gave up three long touchdown drives and threw three interceptions before the intermission.
But the Woodinville showed its character and made a game of it in the second half before losing 28-14.
You should have seen the two big plays — back to back — that helped the Trojans remain unbeaten. First Chris Young delivered one of the hardest hits I’ve seen all season to stop QB Christian Sylvester inches short of the goalline on a fourth-down play that could have cut Auburn’s lead to 21-14. Then Jeff Gouveia broke a 99-yard TD run that included a juggling act as he dropped the ball and had it bounce right back into his hands along the way.
Gouveia is such a big-play guy on both sides of the ball. He finished with 151 yards rushing, three TDs (giving him 31 for the season) and a team-high 9.5 tackles.
I think it’s really unfortunate that No. 3 Auburn plays No. 1 Skyline in the quarterfinals next week. That’s a game that should have had Tacoma Dome written all over it.
After tonight’s game, Auburn coach Gordon Elliott gave his team that old “You’ve got to play the best to be the best” speech. And next week we’ll find who is better, Auburn or Skyline.
What do you think?