The Road To Jordan-Hare Stadium

Jeremy Johnson

Six Auburn commitments hit the field this week looking to lead their teams to Jordan-Hare Stadium and the Super Six,

Auburn, Ala.—The Road To Jordan-Hare Stadium begins this week in Alabama as 32 teams in six classifications start play in the AHSAA football playoffs to see who earns the right to play in the Super Six in Auburn on Dec. 6-7.

With six Auburn commitments hoping to lead their teams to a state title as seniors, we take a look at the matchups Friday night for each:

Oak Mountain (7-3) at Auburn (9-1)

Led by Auburn commitment Reuben Foster and Texas A&M commitment Cameron Echols-Luper, Auburn enters with one of the top offensive units in the state this year. Averaging 39.7 points per game with their only loss coming to Carver of Montgomery, the Tigers can score points in bunches.

After two consecutive home losses in the first round Coach Tim Carter's club faces off against an Oak Mountain squad averaging 21.3 points thanks to a pounding running game. The Eagles last made the playoffs in 2005, winning against John Carroll.

Rashaan Evans leads a group of talented juniors including Blaise Taylor and Antreal Allen for the Tigers.

Stanhope-Elmore (8-2) at Carver-Montgomery (9-1)

Even though this is a matchup of No. 1 seed Carver and fourth seed Stanhope Elmore, this is one of the tougher first round games anywhere in Alabama this week. Longtime area opponents before changing regions this year, the Wolverines and Mustangs are very familiar with each other.

Led by Auburn commitment Jeremy Johnson, Carver has rolled over opponents since an early loss at Central-Phenix City. Averaging 48.2 points per game, the Wolverines have a load of weapons on offense including receivers Landy Captillo and Draequan Murphy. Defensively linebacker Shaun Hamilton and safety Chequan Burkett lead a talented group. No slouch, Stanhope Elmore averages 34.4 points per game and defeated that same Central team 35-26 in the final game of the regular season.

Enterprise (7-3) at McGill-Toolen (10-0)

While Enterprise is a talented team featuring Clark Quisenberry at quarterback, they should be no match for Auburn commitment Jason Smith and the Yellow Jackets. After surviving a pair of close games in the first half of the 2012 schedule, coach Bart Sessions' squad has dominated in recent weeks and is on a roll heading into the playoffs. McGill-Toolen has outscored opponents 283-48 the last five games.

Jason Smith is having a huge season for McGill-Toolen

Huntsville (6-4) at Florence (7-3)

Led by Auburn linebacker commitment Cameron Toney, the Huntsville Panthers made the playoffs after big wins over Clay-Chalkville and Gadsden City late in the season. Falling 24-3 to Hazel Green to end the regular season, Huntsville has a big challenge Friday night against a Florence team on a roll.

Since losing 35-7 in week five to Oxford, the Falcons have won five consecutive games including a 28-21 win over Vestavia Hills last Friday. Huntsville is 0-10 all-time on the road in first round playoff games.

Boaz (7-3) at Muscle Shoals (10-0)

It's tough to imagine a more difficult assignment than the one the Pirates face Friday night at Muscle Shoals. Led by Auburn commitment and five-star defensive lineman Dee Liner, the Trojans have allowed just 62 total points and have four shutouts. Only twice this season did Muscle Shoals allow more than 10 points in a game.

Offensively, the Trojans score just over 40 points per game led by speedy running back Tyler Jackson. Boaz is 0-7 all-time on the road in the first round.

Pleasant Grove (7-3) at Pinson Valley (7-3)

With talented Auburn commitment Earnest Robinson at receiver and standout sophomore running back Nick Gibson toting the mail, Pinson Valley comes in averaging 32.9 points per game this season. Allowing just over 17 points on defense, the Indians are led by four-star linebacker Zach Cunningham. Pleasant Grove enters the playoffs on a roll with five consecutive wins to end the season.

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