The 4th Grade Championship was a mini Iron Bowl, as it paired the Crimson Tide v/s Auburn Tigers. The Tide looked to keep it’s undefeated season intact, as the upstart Tigers looked to avenge a narrow loss from earlier this season. Auburn had peaked at the right time, and was playing its best football. They had knocked off the #2, and #3 seed in route to the game, and was now gunning for #1.
The game started with the Crimson Tide getting the kickoff. They marched down the field with long runs by Brant Peterson, and John Durden. The Tigers defense, led by Robert Douglass and Noah Zinman, stiffened at the goal line. On 4th and goal from the 4, Khamillo Wells, made a great play to stop the Tide and the 1-foot line. After a few changes of possessions, the Tigers struck first blood. Rahj Rowe broke a 50 yd scamper down to the 7, where Wells punched it in a few plays later. The Tide defense stood tall on the extra point, and Gray Cummings and crew held the Tigers just short on the all-important extra point. The rest of the game was a defensive battle. Late in the game, the Tide created a turnover deep in Auburn territory, and was able to ride John Durden legs into the end zone for both the tying TD and go-ahead extra point. Auburn had a few last tries, but the defense lead by Neumann (he goes by that only) and Ford Diffley proved to be too tough and were able to get the necessary stops. The Tide hung on to an exciting 7-6 win. Great game, and season by both teams.