Dothan, Ala. – Dothan versus Northview for city bragging rights last Friday featured a battle of two of the top in-state athletes with Auburn commitment Kamryn Melton going head-to-head with Florida State commitment Marquez White.
Melton's Dothan team won 35-13, and both athletes were able to show off different skill sets.
"It feels great to get that big win at an early point in our season," Melton said. "In this game we played down to our opponent, but we've got to bounce back next week."
Dothan travels to Fairhope this Friday.
Melton played exclusively defense and special teams and proved to be the more physical player. White played all three phases and had an amazing one-handed catch over Melton for a long touchdown.
"That guy just made a heck of a play," Dothan head coach Kelvis White said of Marquez White's catch. "Those two competed all night, and I'm proud of him (Melton). Our guys came out and got the ‘W.'"
Dothan built a 28-7 lead in the fourth quarter before Northview had a late score. White didn't get his second reception until the Dothan defense had backed off and started allowing underneath passes.
"It was exciting playing against good competition," Melton said of his matchup. "I like competition. I played field corner, but when he (White) was backside I played backside."
Coach White said of Melton, "Every night he's going to get the best player on the other team. Every night he's going to come to play, and he's going to do fine."
Melton had a few stops in the run game and was quick to tackle the receiver when the ball was thrown underneath him in coverage.
"We do (play a lot of zone)," Coach White explained. "The rest of the secondary probably isn't as talented as he is so we have to do some things to help the whole team out. He does like to hit/
"Once he gets to college and gets some weight on him he's going to be a big hitter for those guys. Hopefully, we can continue to get better and do a better job of tackling. Sometimes he tries to make the big plays, and he doesn't wrap up so much. That's part of the coaches' job is to get him better, and he's going to be fine."
Melton poses pregame.
Melton has been recruited to Auburn by Mike Pelton and committed to Auburn in February on a Junior Day visit.
"I went down there and they treated me like another son," Melton said of Auburn. "It was like family, really. It seemed like a home-like place.
"He's down to earth," Melton added of Pelton, "but when it's time to get serious he's serious. He's like a father."
Melton is planning a visit to Auburn soon and said he is not planning on visiting any other schools.
"I'm going to Auburn in a couple of weeks for the LSU game," Melton said. "I've gotten to know Reuben Foster, Dee Liner and Jason Smith. I went to camps with them and I've played against Jason Smith."