Lakeland, FL – After a long weekend of football, the knee jerk reactions won’t be in this article. Auburndale took one on the chin to Lake Gibson. The Hounds spirits may have taken a blow. But, confidence is still high. Lake Gibson beat Auburndale in a much anticipated Polk County contest of Power Programs. Both teams are athletic, well-coached, and physical. However, at the end of the day, only one can stand victorious and the Braves and Lake Gibson did just that and made their case for one of the best teams in the BCP Area.
OBSERVATIONS FROM THE GAME:
- Junior running back Jaylon Glover is better than advertised and better to watch play in person. Listed at 5-9/195, he runs 6-0/220. With starting QB Logan Hackett not available for the Auburndale game, Glover was next man up and a heavy dose of “Wildcat Glover” is what Auburndale got. 31 rushes for 231 yards and 2 rushing TDs. The conversation will arise about the best backs in the area, his name will be in the debate.
- Lake Gibson’s secondary is a pretty unit. Sam Mccall, Jy’Vonte McClendon, Calvin Louissaint, and Malik Wallace. At first sight, they look like a collegiate secondary. Maybe because all have college recruiting interest. They communicate as if they have been playing together for years. So much respect towards one another and their communication on the field is a reflection.
- Remember, starting QB Logan Hackett was not available for Lake Gibson. But an outsider would not have been able to tell. The offense was in sync with the game plan, organized and communicated well on the sideline.
- Auburndale substituted junior QBs Zach Tanner and Cam Sowder. 18 total passes between the two. Sowder ended the game 4 of 13, 41 yards, and 1 INT. Tanner 0 of 5, 0 yards and 2 INTs. It didn’t look good. They might need to pick a QB and ride with him. The offense moves as the leader does and right now the leader on the offensive side is unknown.
- The running game for the Hounds was absent. Anthony Alls led the way with 14 yards. The team totaled 4 yards rushing between 5 ball carriers. Two of which were QBs.
- Auburndale Junior WR Jason Figley could be a treat if the Hounds can get him the ball consistently. Good route-runner, tough, and competitive.
- Anthony Alls, 163 all-purpose yards. 138 off kickoff returns for Auburndale. Alls is shifty, quick, and can turn on the boosters when he hits the sideline. He was a bright spot for Auburndale in this game.