KENT, WA – The annual “Taylor Trophy Game” is on tap for Saturday at 9 p.m. (EST), as the Kent-Meridian Royals and the Auburn Trojans face off at French Field. Over 5,000 fans are expected for a game that’s part of the 2013 Great American Rivalry Series presented by the U.S. Marine Corps and Hibbett Sports.
The rivalry is the second longest in the state, as two of the older schools around began playing each other in 1908. Auburn has won 14 straight in the series (35-14 last season) and holds a slim 49-48-6 advantage. The schools play for the Taylor Trophy, which was given by Dr. Owen Taylor in 1929.
The Royals, coached by Brett Allen, went 4-6 last season and are off to the same kind of start in 2013. They are 2-4 after a 50-27 loss to Auburn Riverside, a game in which senior quarterback Quincy Carter ran for 233 yards and three scores.
The Trojans, who are coached by Gordon Elliot, lost in the 4A state semifinals last season, 21-19 to Bellarmine Prep, to finish 10-3. They are 4-2 at this point in the season, having lost 26-23 to Jefferson after winning four straight.