Auburndale Apaches stay alive
By Hub City Times staff
AUBURNDALE – The Auburndale Apaches football team stayed alive for a possible playoff berth, with a win Sept. 21 over Marathon 35-6, in Auburndale.
The Apaches improved their record to 2-4 overall, with three games to play.
Marathon scored its only touchdown of the game on the opening possession, going 64 yards in nine plays. That score came with 8:21 remaining in the first quarter, and the Red Raiders would not see the end zone the rest of the night.
Auburndale returned the ensuing kickoff to the Marathon 32-yard line, and then took five plays to score. Carter Wilcott hauled in a 14-yard pass from Cooper Weinfurter, and the Apaches led 7-6. Marathon then fumbled the kickoff return, and the Apaches recovered at the Raider 33-yard line. Five plays later, Dylan Paun grabbed a 10-yard pass from Weinfurter for another score to make it 14-6. After Marathon went three-and-out and Auburndale threw an interception, the Raiders got the ball back, but the drive stalled after seven plays. Auburndale then used 17 plays to methodically march 96 yards for another score – a 1-yard run by Trayton Weister. The Apaches led 20-6 at halftime.
The Apaches went three-and-out to start the second half, and Marathon got the ball back at their own 27. But, the Raiders went four-and-out, and Auburndale took over on their own 30-yard line after a Marathon punt. The Apaches went 70 yards in six plays, scoring on a diving catch by Paun in the end zone on a pass from Weinfurter, who added the two-point conversion to make it 28-6. But, Paun wasn’t finished. He grabbed a two-yard touchdown pass from Weinfurter in the fourth quarter, at the end of a 13-play, 68-yard drive.
“I just can’t say enough about our young men, the way they came out prepared this week and really wanted this game tonight”, Auburndale Coach Jay Anderson said after the game.
Weister carried the ball 27 times for 168 yards for Coach Anderson. “Breaking tackles, cuts he’s making. It seems like they can’t squeeze enough to take away that space. He just needs a little bit. He’ll shoot through it and he’ll have an extra move in there, too, and just find some open space.”
Quarterback Cooper Weinfurter went 7-for-8 for 91 yards and four touchdowns.
The Apaches play at Stratford Sept. 28 at 7 p.m.