Auburn, Ala.—In one of the wildest games of the 2011 high school football season in Alabama on Friday night the shootout between Auburn High and Fairhope came down to a simple decision for Coach David Faulkner, go for two or not. With his team trailing 42-41 and just seconds remaining Faulkner turned things over to his seniors and they chose to roll the dice and go for the win.
It proved to be the right decision as quarterback Chase Domino hit his running back out of the backfield for the two-point conversion to give the Pirates the win. For senior left tackle Robert Leff however the win nor the decision came as a surprise because he said that's the position and situation they had been working for all year.
"Coach told us we just had to come out and do what we had done all season, come out and play every play like it's our last," Leff said. "That's what we did.
"He asked the seniors if we wanted to go for two or not," he added. "Almost of them said go for two."
On both the touchdown and the go-ahead conversion the Pirates threw the ball to the left side. That was fitting considering much of the damage they had done all night came behind the blocking of Leff and guard Kyron Samuels on the left side of the offensive line for Fairhope. A devastating blocker with very good feet Leff said he had an even better game than norming in the first round win.
"I did better than normal," Leff said. "We pounded that zone all night long. That's what we planned to do coming in and it worked. This is huge. We came up underdogs and everybody had us pegged to lose by a few points. They didn't think our defense could do it. They came up with some big stops and gave us an opportunity."
A commitment to Southern Miss, the 6-6, 270 Leff has seen his recruiting stock continue to rise throughout the year as more and more teams get a chance to see him on tape. He said Vanderbilt has really been interested in him lately and most recently he took a visit to Auburn unofficially to see the Tigers take on Ole Miss. Right now though he said he's firmly committed to being a Golden Eagle.
"That's where I plan on going," Leff said.
On Friday he had the chance to be on the field with a future teammate as Auburn High offensive lineman Caleb Peterson was on the other side and even lined up on defense a few times across from Leff. He said it was a great experience getting to play against a guy he has gotten to know very well in the last few months.
"I talk to Caleb all the time," Leff said. "I text him all the time and wish him a good game and best of luck. When you see him out there on the field though you've got to go full speed against him."
Fairhope (9-2) will be at home this Friday night to take on the Blount Leopards (10-1) in the second round of the Class 6A playoffs.