Montgomery, Ala. – Texas A&M commitment Cameron Echols-Luper played on a short week coming off an injury and helped lead his team to a dominating 48-2 victory on Thursday over Jeff Davis. The previous Friday he was injured in the season-opener against Valley.
"I separated my shoulder," Echols-Luper said. "I had a Grade 1, but I'm feeling all right. It still hurts a little bit. We're still going to keep grinding no matter what. Basically my role is to go out every night and lead these troops to a win."
Echols-Luper wasn't asked to do too much against Jeff Davis as he played most of the first half and only a series in the second half.
"The run game was working all night," the quarterback explained, "but it helps when the defense puts us on the 10, the 5. I give all of the props to the defense tonight. We had that first bad drive, but then we started getting it working."
Head coach Tim Carter said that Echols-Luper has been a workhorse for several years at Auburn High School.
"Cameron is a tough kid," Carter explained. "He's played with high ankle sprains, he's played with lots of types of injuries over the three years I've known him. Last week he probably would have gutted it up if we needed him to. But he came out tonight with no side effects from it. We would have liked to have had a chance to throw the ball some more, but we didn't have to. That's something that we've really been working on is opening it up because he's a great threat throwing the ball."
AHS came into the week ranked third in the state in 6A, the highest classification in the state of Alabama.
"It feels just like it did when we were 1-0," Echols-Luper said after the win. "We've just got to keep climbing that ladder to get to the State Championship. We've got a chance to be great. We've just got to find it inside."
Echols-Luper left Auburn for College Station, Texas in the afternoon on Friday for Texas A&M's season-opener and also the school's first ever SEC contest.
"I'm extremely excited," he said. "I'm planning on having fun, watching the A&M-Florida game and getting to know some of the players.
"That's home to me," he added of College Station. "I felt home when I was down there taking my visit. It's just like going home. Everybody there is like family. It reminds you of just like Auburn. This will be my second time out there."
Echols-Luper, a track star in high school, has been recruited as a receiver to A&M by receivers coach David Beaty.
"It's like a father and son relationship," Echols-Luper said of Beaty. "I feel like I can go to him and talk about anything."