Spectacular Finish for Running Back Prospect

Andrew Buie discusses his championship game performance and his interest in Gene Chizik's Auburn Tigers.

Jacksonville, Fla.--Running back Andrew Buie had the kind of game that high school football players dream about and the fact that it happened in the state championship game made the performance even sweeter for the Jacksonville Trinity Christian star.

In a rematch of the 2009 state championship game won by Delray Beach American Heritage 30-20 last year, Buie rushed for 242 yards and four touchdowns to lead his team to a 27-10 victory in the Florida Class 1A state title game in Orlando.

Buie's runs of two and 20 yards gave his team a 13-3 halftime lead. His third touchdown run was a 54-yarder in the third quarter, and he added an insurance score on a 13-yard run to cap a 73-yard drive in the final period.

"It was a great way to wrap up a successful high school career," Buie said. "I guess that made it a little extra special that we got to play the team that beat us in the championship game last year."

Buie said he realized he was being counted on to play a major role. "I knew going into the game the coaches had told me they were going to put it on my back," he said. "It was my turn and I showed up for them and performed. It was a good way to sum up my high school career. That is all I can say."

Commenting on the key to his team's victory, the 5-10, 192 running back said, "Honestly, all we did was play smash-mouth football. Our coaches could see they couldn't stop what we were doing and I am pretty sure their coaches could see that, too, so we stuck with what we were doing."

Andrew Buie is shown in action for Jacksonville Christian Academy.

Buie said he put recruiting on the backburner during the season to concentrate on helping his team achieve its goal of winning the state title. He noted that he hasn't set up his official visits yet.

"The schools that are recruiting me the hardest are Auburn, Louisville, Tennessee, South Carolina and Arkansas," he said.

Auburn is also recruiting his teammate, cornerback Ahmad Christian. Both visited the Auburn campus in the summer and the fall.

"Ahmad had a good game and he had an interception inside the 15 that changed the game," Buie said. "They were driving and that pick gave us a lot of momentum."

Buie said he doesn't have a favorite college at the moment, but said he likes Coach Gene Chizik's Auburn Tigers. "Auburn is a great program," he said. "They had the season like we did this year in high school. They have great coaches."


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