Off to their best start in 11 years, Auburn prepares for their toughest task yet

AUBURN, Neb. – The buzz and hype around Auburn and the high school’s football team continues to build with the Bulldogs starting the season 3-0.

Auburn, off to their best start since they won the Class C1 state title in 2006, will face their toughest challenge Friday when they travel to Fairbury to play the Jeffs (3-0). Fairbury is ranked #7 in the latest Class C1 rankings.

Auburn Head Coach Tony Janssen  says the Jeffs have the ability to accomplish big things this season after building the culture of their program the last three years.

“It’s nothing that I don’t think our guys are nervous, I mean, there’s some nerves there. It’s not something that they’re afraid of, nothing that they’re looking down on. They’re excited about it. They think this is a great opportunity for them and they’re preparing like that so far this week. I’m excited to see exactly what they’re able to do when we get out on the field in Fairbury.”

During Auburn’s three-game winning streak, their opponents (Douglas County West, Southern and Omaha Concordia) have a combined record of 2-7. Fairbury’s first three opponents (David City, Syracuse and Falls City) are a combined 1-8 this season.

According to Janssen, the keys will be to establish the run and be efficient in other phases of the game. Auburn averages 322 yards rushing per game and 12 of their 14 touchdowns this season have been on the ground. Junior running back Baily Darnell leads the team in rushing with 461 yards and seven touchdowns.

The last time the Bulldogs started 3-0 was in 2006 when they finished 13-0 and defeated Valentine in the state championship game, 28-27, in two overtimes.

Auburn and Fairbury kickoff at 7 p.m. at Quinn Field. Coverage on B103 (103.1 FM, B103.fm and the B103 app) begins at 6:30 p.m.

Auburn at #7 Fairbury

When: 7 p.m. Friday

Where: Quinn Field, Fairbury

Radio: 103.1 FM, b103.fm, B103 app and ncnsportsnow.com

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