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Auburn clinches first state title berth in school history

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MOBILE, Ala. -

The Auburn High Tigers are headed to the state championship game for the first time in school history.

Auburn hung on to knock off McGill-Toolen in the AHSAA 6A semifinals, 24-21.

Auburn took a 7-0 lead early on a Bradley Northcutt touchdown pass to Kyle Sykes, but the Yellowjackets would take the lead without an offensive touchdown.

An interception and a blocked field goal, both returned for touchdowns, had McGill-Toolen up, 14-7, until Rashaan Evans scored from a yard out to tie the game at 14.

In the second half, Auburn led 24-21 with under a minute to go when McGill-Toolen connected on a deep pass down to the Auburn three-yard line. The Yellowjackets got to the one, and with three seconds left, on fourth down, went for the touchdown and the win rather than a field goal. The Auburn defense stonewalled Ito Smith at the line, and the Tigers are headed to the championship.

Auburn will face Hoover next week in Tuscaloosa for the 6A state title.

Jonathan Huskey

Jonathan comes to News 3 from Fort Smith/Fayetteville, Ark., where he anchored weekends and reported during the week on some of the best high school sports in the state. More>>

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