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Opelika Bulldogs working hard for Auburn game

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OPELIKA, Ala. -

Opelika is trying to create a separation between themselves and Auburn. Both teams are in the top ten, both have one loss, both lost to the same team.

Opelika will be relying on Stephen Roberts at quarterback. He made his first start last week after Matthew Christian had a season ending injury.

"He did okay. I love his leadership. He made some mistakes as could be expected," said Opelika head coach Brian Blackmon. "It was a very limited playbook for him last week and we're trying to let it grow a little bit. It is slow going. It's a guy that hasn't ever played before. I was tremendously pleased with how hard he played and the willingness he brought to do whatever he had to do for our team to be successful."

Roberts is committed to Alabama as a defensive back. So being on the offensive side of the ball is new to him.

Stephen Roberts says he surprised his teammates last week with his throwing ability. But, he surprised himself too because he had never really thrown the ball as a quarterback.

"My first time throwing was Friday. It really kind of shocked everybody that I could throw," Roberts said.

The Dawgs say a fire was lit under the team after the tough loss to Smiths Station.

"It just woke us up. We realized that we could be beat and that we weren't unstoppable. It woke us up. I hate to lose. We all hate to lose. But, it is something we probably needed," said center Drew Kyser.

The team is flying around in practice because they remember last year's regular season game against Auburn when Dawgs lost by nine.

"It stunk," Kyser said. "I hate losing. I especially hate losing to Auburn. That is our cross town rival. After that game, we knew we had to get better. We did, and in the third round, we beat them."

And to beat them again, the Dawgs will have to score points, and doing that comes right back to Stephen Roberts.

"It is exciting to be in that rivalry game. Just to play an important position, it really helps me a lot to let the team know I can carry them," Roberts said.

Dayne Young

Dayne is a sports anchor and reporter for WRBL. He started covering the Chattahoochee Valley in September 2012. More>>

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