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SYRACUSE — Auburn football has its showpiece victory of the season.
Rebounding from two straight losses, the Maroons beat Corcoran 21-20 on Friday night at the Corcoran Athletic Complex in Syracuse.
While it wasn’t Auburn’s first win of the season – and the team hopes it won’t be the last – it was certainly the Maroons’ best. Auburn limited their errors for four quarters, in stark contrast to the Cougars who continually suppressed themselves with penalties and errors.
“We suffered a brutal loss last Thursday at Carthage, and a lot of teams would have called it off from then on,” Auburn coach Dave Moskov said. “We challenged ourselves with a great week of training and were like, ‘Let’s go up (to Corcoran) and pull off a surprise. For them to bounce back from two tough games says a lot about these guys.
“We had a long list of things to sort out, and one of the top three things was letting go of big mistakes. We won that battle tonight.”
Perhaps Corcoran’s most glaring mistake came in the opening minutes of the game. Auburn’s defense forced the Cougars to form after an unsuccessful first possession. The punt never escaped, however, as the snap went over the kicker’s head.
While the Cougars specialist was able to recover, turnover on downs set up Auburn at the Corcoran 10-yard line. The Maroons didn’t waste the opportunity, scoring the first touchdown of the game on yard-long quarterback Desean Strachan.
Auburn’s best streak of the game came in the span of four minutes in the third quarter. Corcoran had cut the Maroons’ lead to 7-6 up to that point, but Auburn chained touchdowns by Strachan (42 yards) and Kemauri Perry (23 yards) to take a 21-6 lead.
Those two touchdowns were set up by a fourth-and-average conversion in Auburn’s own territory, which Strachan faked a punt and threw a first at Isiah’s Council, as well as an interception by Strachan on the Corcoran quarterback Justin Wright.
Closing the game was not easy, however. Corcoran moved dynamic fullback Asaru Pearson to center and immediately scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to cut Auburn’s lead to an uncomfortable 21-20.
Auburn’s penultimate drive was arguably the most decisive. The Maroons took over around their 35 with 7:06 to go, and were able to convert several early downs and chew nearly five minutes off the clock.
While the Maroons were stifled by a fourth down at Corcoran’s 28, the Cougars’ chances rested on driving the full length of the field.
They only gained 5 yards, Elijah Scott delivering the exclamation mark on fourth down with a power hit over Corcoran’s Pearson.
“They came in with this double tight end, power-I formation and we had some issues with that,” Moskov said. “We didn’t practice at all so we had to tinker with something on the pitch and luckily we slowed them down on that last drive.”
While Auburn won’t affect Division standings — all Class A teams in Division III will play in the playoffs — it was a much-needed rebound for a team that has looked like a sinking ship in recent weeks. .
Instead, with a tough task ahead next week with state-ranked Whitesboro coming to town, Auburn finally has a win to hang its hat on.
“They’re one of the best teams in the state, but we’re going to approach them the same way we did this week,” Moskov said. “We’re not worried about wins and losses right now, we’re worried about improving as a football team. We’ll focus on that and see what happens.”
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