KENT, WA — Caden Borden was the hero on Saturday night.
Borden kicked a 22-yard game-winning field goal in the closing seconds to lift the Auburn Trojans to a 31-28 win over the Kent-Meridian Royals in the annual “Taylor Trophy Game” at French Field. Over 5,000 fans watched the thriller that was part of the 2013 Great American Rivalry Series presented by the U.S. Marine Corps and Hibbett Sports.
After Kent-Meridian fought back from a 28-13 hole to tie it up, Auburn went 76 yards with a couple minutes remaining to set up Borden’s game-winner. Auburn has won 15 straight in the second longest series in the state, dating back to 1908, and holds a slim 50-48-6 advantage.
Quarterback Brier Atkinson was named the Great American Rivalry Series Most Valuable Player after he finished with 19 carries for 193 yards and two TDs. Kieo Buchanan added two scoring runs for the Trojans.
Quarterback Quincy Carter scored all for TDs for the Royals. He had scoring runs of 6, 35, 62 and 1 yards.
Kent-Meridian (4-7) hosts Olympic on Friday night, while Auburn (5-2) travels to Federal Way next Saturday night.
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