Herring, a 6-1 1/2, 205-pound linebacker who has a high interest in Auburn, was his team's leading tackler with six tackles and a quarterback sack in a dominating 48-6 victory.
"We were really hitting on all cylinders," says Herring, who was born at East Alabama Medical Center when his father, Reggie, was an assistant football coach at Auburn.
"We really just came out there and put it on them," the linebacker says. "Going into the game we knew they were very athletic, but we knew we were the better team. We just had to go out there and play like we know how to play and hit them in the mouth. We just went out there and hit them in the mouth early and our offense put up points early like it usually does."
The Saints, who improved to 14-0, took a 28-0 lead in the first quarter and led 34-0 at halftime. When the lead got past 35 points, that triggered a mercy rule and the rest of the game was played with a running clock.
"I think I can say that was our best game of the season," Herring notes. "It was a special game. We really didn't make many mistakes at all. They scored on our second string at the end of the ball game so we basically shut them out.
"It was really special to get on that stage and it was really emotional for me being my last game in high school," adds Herring, who notes that he "loves" the Auburn program and says that the Tigers are his favorite. "We just went out there and dominated."
Herring, who had 101 tackles as a senior, notes that Shiloh Christian's coach, Josh Floyd, told team the team after the game that they deserved the state title. "He told us he was proud of us and our success goes back to all of the hard work we put into our workouts, our running and our seven-on-seven competition going back to last summer. He said it was a real team effort with everybody working together."
Herring notes the championship game was the type of physical football he loves. "There was a lot of hard-hitting going on out there," he points out. "We went out there and the way we played could put together a huge highlight reel of all of the big hits we made and the offensive plays we made."