Lavigne, Auburn reigniting old rivalry with Nebraska City in new-look C1-1 district

Lavigne, Auburn reigniting old rivalry with Nebraska City in new-look C1-1 district
The Auburn football team travels to Nebraska City on Friday to play the Pioneers. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. on B103.

AUBURN – With as much work Branden Lavigne has put in at Auburn High School, it’s no surprise he’s having a career season along the defensive line for the Bulldogs this fall.

The 6’3″, 190 pound senior is second on the team in total tackles with 55 and leads the team with 14.5 tackles for loss. He had a total of 58 tackles and 11 tackles for loss a season ago.

Auburn Head Coach Tony Janssen says it’s been fun to see a kid like Lavigne have the success he’s having this season.

“He’s just a disruptive force. Offenses have to work around him and account for him at all times. That just helps the entire unit so much.”

The Bulldogs defense gives up just 8.4 points per game.

Lavigne, one of Auburn’s four team captains, has 174 tackles, 28.5 tackles for loss, three fumble recoveries, a forced fumble and an interception in his career.

He also has 52 yards receiving this season with a touchdown.

According to Janssen, Lavigne is the kind of guy who does things the right way.

“He’s not a real vocal guy, but if someone needs to be called out, he’ll do that. He also does a really, really good job of lifting his teammates up. Pulling them aside and picking them up when they need it. All-around, just a great leader for us.”

Auburn, who is ranked No. 7 in the latest Class C1 rankings with a 5-0 record, is off to their best start since their state championship season in 2006.

They’ll continue district play in the new-look Class C1-1 on Friday when they travel to Nebraska City to play the Pioneers (2-3). It’ll be the first meeting between the two schools since Nebraska City defeated Auburn, 32-6, in 2015.

No. 7 Auburn at Nebraska City

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Where: Pioneer Field, Nebraska City

Radio: 103.1 FM, and

Nebraska City High School Homecoming Parade

When: 2 p.m. Friday

Where: Central Ave, Nebraska City

Radio: 1600 AM, 105.5 FM,

Lourdes Central Catholic at Omaha Brownell-Talbot

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Where: Brownell-Talbot High School, Omaha

Radio: 1600 AM, 105.5 FM, and

News Channel Nebraska Scoreboard Show

When: 10 p.m. Friday

Radio: 103.1 FM, and

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