Receiver Has A Peach Of A Senior Season

Auburn wide receiver commitment Chris Slaughter talks about winning a state championship, his senior season and more.

Fort Valley, Ga.—Before the final whistle blew Saturday night, the last time the city of Fort Valley had a football team that could call themselves state champions was in 1961 when Fort Valley High won the Class B state title.

However, Chris Slaughter and his 2005 Peach County High team ended the 44-year drought with a magical season that was capped off with a 35-14 win over Dougherty in the AAA state championship game.

And although just finding the right combination of hard work and teamwork to win a championship is hard enough, Slaughter says he thinks this title is made more special by the fact that he and his teammates had to fight through the adversity of the team's worst start in over 20 years.

"It means a lot because starting out at 0-3 and finishing up as state champs, that means a lot to me," he says. "The best part is everybody thinking that we weren't going to win after we started out 0-3."

Although the Trojans got off to a very rocky start, Slaughter says that it was himself and fellow senior, quarterback and best friend Antonio Henton, that took matters into their owns hands at the team's lowest point.

"Antonio came to me after that start and told me that we had to step it up with us being team captains," Slaughter recalls. "So, we picked things up and did our best and it seems like we did pretty good."

Even though the beginning of the season was tough, after Peach got things rolling, Slaughter says he and his teammates started having a great time.

"It was fun because before the games everybody would come up to me and ask me what I was going to do tonight or how many touchdowns I was going to score," he says. "I would just predict something and sometimes I would do it and if I didn't I still had fun."

During his senior season, Slaughter hauled in over 1,350 receiving yards. The talented receiver also caught 23 touchdown passes, which is a school record, despite being a marked man and facing constant double teams all season long.

"I was getting double teamed, but Henton told me, ‘Man, sometimes it doesn't even matter to me, I am just going to throw it up and see what you can do because I know you can catch it over two people,'" Slaughter notes. "Then I told him just to do what he had to do."

The 6-3, 165-pound wideout adds that he got a pretty impressive phone call to congratulate him on tying the single season TD record after the semi-final game. "I think last week, Marcus Robinson (Minnesota Vikings wide receiver) called me and he told me congratulations," he says. "I felt good after that." Robinson is a former Peach County High star.

Chris Slaughter has the ability to make big plays despite being a marked man for opposing defenses.

Overall, Slaughter says that he can walk away from his senior season with a good feeling and some great memories. "Yeah, I'm very happy with my senior year, especially team-wise and being a team player and not getting mad about not getting the ball and what we accomplished with our running game," he notes. "So, I just felt happy my senior year."

Now with his senior season in the books, Slaughter can turn his attention to his next challenge which will be the college game and he says he is excited about the way his future team has been playing this season.

"It just turned around after the Georgia Tech game," he says about Auburn's offense and 2005 season. "Oh yeah, they came out strong. They came out stronger than I thought they would."

He also notes that he is very excited about having the chance to play in the Tigers' offensive system under offensive coordinator Al Borges and with Brandon Cox under center. "I can't wait," Slaughter says emphatically.

The talented wideout, who notes that he is still very firmly committed to the Tigers, says that he is planning to take his official visit to the Plains soon. "I think I am coming up there sometime before the bowl game," he notes. "I think it may be on the 14th or something like that."

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