RINER – Eastern Montgomery used their season finale against Auburn as a tune up for their upcoming Division 1 playoff appearance. After scoring 41 points in the first quarter alone, the Mustangs easily moved past Auburn for the impressive 61-8 win on the road.
Eastern Montgomery (8-2, 3-2) got stellar play from both the quarterback and running back positions in the first quarter. Shawn Christian would get three touchdowns on three passes for three touchdowns in the quarter, two to wideout Julian Stewart.
Running back Michael Shelor would also have three touchdowns, two on the ground and one from Christian through the air. The Mustangs also added a safety on defense, as they took a commanding 41-0 lead to start the game.
Eastern Montgomery continued to add to their lead before the half. Stephen Lilly would score two different times, once from one yard out and another run of 28 yards, as Eastern Montgomery held a huge 54-0 lead going into halftime.
The third quarter would remain scoreless, but in the fourth quarter, both teams would reach the end zone once. It started with a strong defensive effort, as Caleb Woods would return an Auburn fumble 25 yards for a score.
Auburn’s (1-9, 0-5) lone score of the game would come with just under four minutes left, as Zak Blankenship would find his familiar target in Ryne Scott for a 57-yard touchdown pass. The two-point pass play failed, as Auburn’s season slowly ticked away.
Eastern Montgomery improves from last season’s 5-6 overall and 2-3 district record and goes 8-2 overall and 3-2 in district play. Auburn finishes the season just a game worse than last year’s 2-8 overall record.
The Mustangs will have a bye next week in Division 1 and await the winner of either the Bath County-Narrows or Covington-Rural Retreat games, depending on who wins. They will look not to repeat their “one and done” performance from last year, when they lost to Holston in the first round of the playoffs.