Auburn buries mistake-prone Kentridge, 45-0
Harold Lee returned a punt 78 yards for a touchdown and intercepted a pass — one of eight turnovers by the Chargers — as the Trojans rolled.
Seattle Times staff reporter
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AUBURN — Harold Lee lived up to his electric-green socks with an electrifying performance.
Lee scored on a 78-yard punt return and set up another score with a 30-yard interception return as Auburn High School forced eight turnovers and rolled past Kentridge, 45-0, Friday night at Auburn Memorial Stadium.
"Our team was flying all over the ball, we were rallying," Lee said.
The Trojans came up with six interceptions off Travis McGuire, who moved from tight end to quarterback for the game due to a concussion to starter Sam Smith. McGuire had played little under center since his sophomore year.
"Tough day at the office," Kentridge coach Marty Osborn said.
It was just the kind of day Auburn coach Gordon Elliott had in mind with his team ranked last in take-aways through the first two games.
"That's as well as we've played defense in a long time," he said.
It was the first SPSL 4A North Division loss for Kentridge (1-2 overall, 1-1), which managed just 80 total yards before reserves took over for both teams.
The Trojans (2-1, 2-1) led 35-0 at halftime, and Elliott called Lee's punt return the back-breaker as they took a 21-0 advantage. It was a special moment for Lee, who missed nearly all of last season with a broken leg.
"I've been waiting to get a punt return all my life," he said.
Lee tiptoed down the sideline, then cut back and raced untouched to the goal line.
Auburn had another scoring opportunity slip away when Darnell Hagans fumbled through the end zone at the end of a 37-yard interception return.
But the Trojans wound up getting two more chances to score in the half, after two additional picks, and took advantage of both in the span of 35 seconds.
Two plays after Jacob Waldo's 1-yard TD plunge, Danny Velasco returned an interception 26 yards to the 5 and QB Brier Atkinson scored from there just three seconds before the half.
Atkinson had two touchdowns and Auburn also got a pair from Demontra McNealy, who started the scoring with a 55-yard run. McNealy also was key on defense with six tackles, including two for loss.
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