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The defense of the Red Devils followed with a demoralizing game for Auburn (6-1, 3-1).
Already trapped deep in their own turf, the Tigers’ luck turned from bad to worse when center cornerback JQ Hardaway intercepted a stray pass on the third play of Auburn’s first practice.
Five games later, center running back Jaimel Johnson carried a carry to the middle, cut outside to his right, picked up a key block and started on an 18-yard run.
Johnson’s score pushed Central to a 14-0 lead with 7:46 left in the first quarter.
Auburn’s offense struggled mightily in a first quarter in which she had under 11 yards with the expensive turnover. While the Tigers showed more life before half-time, it turned out to be unsuccessful.
The Tigers had 74 offensive yards in the second quarter, but unforced errors kept them out of the end zone. Their best chance before intermission was their penultimate first-half practice, which ended with the interception of 6-yard center line linebacker James Smyre.
“I think we missed a few chances, but it was a great game. Hats off to Central, ”Auburn head coach Keith Etheredge said. “We will learn from this and we will improve. “
After the two teams held steady for nearly two quarters, Nix and English got back to work.