Spanish Fort, Ala.--While the weekend didn’t turn out too well for the Auburn Tigers, 2016 commitment Tre Threat and his Spanish Fort Toros got it kicked off in grand style with a thrashing of rival Saraland on the road Friday night.
That didn’t make what he saw on Saturday any better, however, as his future teammates had no answer for Leonard Fournette and the LSU Tigers. Even with the team struggling through three games and currently 2-1 on the season Threat said it has only strengthened his resolve to be an Auburn Tiger starting in January.
“It was a tough loss,” Threat said. “I couldn’t even watch the game after halftime because it was upsetting to me and I’m not even part of the team officially just yet. I can only imagine how the boys playing in the game felt. LSU is a good team and program, but Auburn is just struggling right now.
“I feel like some guys might change their minds or starting doubting a team they’re committed to playing like this,” he added. “To see Auburn struggling, both offensively and defensively, it just makes me want to hurry up and get there faster to help out.”
Coming back after a sprained ankle sidelined him early in the season, Threat only played a half but showed why he’s one of the top linebackers in Alabama this year. Teaming up with 2017 linebacker Thomas Johnston to lead a strong defensive effort, Threat said it was a huge win for his team as it looks to get back to the top of Class 5A.
“We’ve had that game circled on our schedule since the summer,” Threat said. “We had a game plan going into this game and it was a huge game. It’s just motivation to go into it. In practice all week we were laser focused. It was just a motivating game because we were going into the week thinking to ourselves that they were the guys that put us out last year on the way to the state championship. We were going in there ready to kick butt, basically.”
Behind a dominating first half from quarterback Tyler Johnston as he threw for 186 yards and four touchdowns and added another rushing touchdown and 73 rushing yards in the first 24 minutes, Spanish Fort won a matchup of top three teams 41-18.
Threat said it was a total team effort for them and he feels like this group has a chance to get back to the Super 7 once again.
“Like I have said before, the team I’m playing with now at Spanish Fort probably has the most talent of any team to come through Spanish Fort,” Threat said. “This team can go to the state championship again. Saraland is not a bad team at all, they have a great program with a great coach and good athletes, and we really played well truth be told.
“This team has the potential to go a long way. Friday night wasn’t even the peak of what we can do defensively. We’re still working the kinks out and we played a tremendous game. We’re only going to get better as the season goes.”