RINER, Va. (WFXR) — Bouncing back seems to the theme for Auburn football so far this season.
“I think we have a very resilient team right now,” head coach Cam Akers said.
After a week one loss to Narrows, the Eagles responded with a 55-0 win over Craig County. Then last Friday, Auburn needed a fourth quarter touchdown to beat Route 8 rival Floyd County.
“I think just mental toughness. You know we put a lot on our kids. We demand a lot out of them all season. All the way from January to the start of the season so I think there’s a level of mental toughness that we have,” Akers said. “Even when they’ve been down in games, they tried to go toe-to-toe and just keep battling and I think that’s helped us.”
Though Auburn is 2-1 at the moment, Akers admits his players still have plenty to work on.
“I think we’re a little behind. I think we’re a little behind as a team. I think our offense is lagging a bit,” Akers said. “Our productivity is not as good as it was last year so there’s some thing that we’re going to have to do better there.”
A six-year winning streak against the East Mont Mustangs is at stake in Friday’s game in Riner. And Akers knows the Mustangs are hungry for a victory.
“I think they’re going to be prideful. It’s a cross county rival game and I think they got some tough kids over there and they’re going to play us toe to toe,” Akers said. “That’s what I tell our kids, we’re going to have to go in there with the right mindset and we’re going to have to battle.”