Win over Freeport puts Auburn one game away from playoffs
The Auburn Knights went into last week’s game at 3-3 for the first time since 1996. But with their last game of the season at the undefeated Boylan Titans, Auburn needed wins over Freeport and East to make the playoffs.
After Friday’s win over Freeport, they only need one.
Freeport’s playoff hopes also hung in the balance going into the matchup against Auburn, after starting the season 3-0 then losing the next three games. They now sit at 3-4 with Harlem and Hononegah still to go.
Auburn has not had an easy win all season. They beat Belvidere North by two points in week one, holding the Blue Thunder’s offense in the final moments of the game and making another goal-line stop in week six against Guilford. Their biggest point differential was a 26-14 win over Jefferson, where they came back from trailing 14-0 at halftime.
In the week seven matchup, Freeport relied heavily on the leading rusher in the conference, sophomore running back Steve McShane. McShane has run for 1106 yards on 175 carries and 16 touchdowns. He is the first sophomore to break 1,000 yards in NIC-10 history.
The two teams were tied at 13 points in the second quarter, when Auburn’s Tramel Rideout intercepted a short pass from Freeport quarterback Quaveon Meeks, returning it over 60 yards for a touchdown and putting Auburn up 19-13.
Steve McShane had 148 yards on 28 carries in the first half of Friday’s game. He capped off his night with a 38-yard touchdown reception in the final six seconds of the game, his first receiving touchdown of the season.
Auburn defeated Freeport by a final score of 27-20. The Knights take on East this week and will try to earn a spot in the playoffs for the first time in over 20 years.
by Liz Rudolph
ESPN 1380 Prep Reporter
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