ROCKFORD, Ill. (WTVO/WQRF) — 256 IHSA football teams will begin playoff action this weekend. The Auburn Knights will be one of them.
The Knights are back in the playoffs after sitting out last season. They got in with a 5-4 record. Back-to-back games against Hononegah and Harlem in the final two weeks of the regular season might have helped prepare the Knights for the postseason. The Knights are a little banged up, but they’re glad to have their season extended.
“Everybody is excited to be back in the playoffs,” said receiver Davante Stanfield during practice Monday. “You know how we’re taking everything. We’re making sure we’re at practice and everybody is going 100 percent just to get ready for this Friday.”
Auburn’s opponent Friday night will be Arlington Heights Hersey at Arlington Heights. The Huskies wnet 8-1 this season. Their only loss came last Friday night to 9-0 Rolling Meadows on a late touchdown pass.
Hersey is led by quarterback Jordan Hansen. He rushed for 253 yards against Rolling Meadows. He also rushed for 237 yards and five touchdowns in another game this season against Mt. Prospect.
“I know they have a really good quarterback who used to play running back I believe,” said Auburn defensive lineman Xaivion Douglass. “He’s very mobile.”
“He’s (Hansen) a very good athlete so they do run him a lot, but I’ve seen him throw a lot as well, so I’m not going to say he’s exclusively a runner,” said Auburn coach JP Toldo. “I think he can do both, but he’s a very dangerous weapon back there.”
Friday’s game will kickoff at 7:00 p.m.