Gadsden City faces 5th ranked Auburn

Ford Clay and the Gadsden City Titans open the 2014 football season at Auburn High.Ford Clay and the Gadsden City Titans open the 2014 football season at Auburn High.

Gadsden City (0-0) at Auburn (0-0)

2013 result: Auburn 16, Gadsden City 13

Series record: Auburn 2, Gadsden City 0

By Gene Stanley/Correspondent

Gadsden City opens the season with a huge challenge.

The Titans visit Auburn High, which is ranked No. 5 in Class 7A in the Alabama Sports Writers Association’s preseason poll. 

The Tigers finished last year as the Class 6A runner-up, losing to Hoover in the championship.

“This will be a good measuring stick for us, to see where we are as a team,” Titan coach Matt Scott said. “We’ve played them for a couple of years now and really enjoy it because they are one of the top programs in the state.”

Last year, Auburn beat Gadsden City, 16-13, but the Titans did have a chance to win at the end.

“That was an exciting game,” Scott said. “We can say we played the state runner-up down to the wire.”

A large portion of the Tiger offense returns, but the defense has a few holes to fill.

The quarterback and main running back both return. Calera offensive lineman Tyler Pritchett (6-5, 280 pounds) has transferred to Auburn and is considered one of the top linemen prospects in the state.

“They were so deep on defense that a lot of this year’s starters got a lot of playing time last year,” Scott said. 

Even though it is a long drive to Auburn, Scott said the Titans enjoyed the game.

“It’s a cool stadium,” he said. “One end is enclosed and the guys really liked playing there.”

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