No. 2 Curtis flattens Auburn, 41-14
Dockery has big day as Curtis pops Auburn
Special to The Seattle Times
UNIVERSITY PLACE — Auburn coach Gordon Elliott knew the best way to keep Rahmel Dockery from hurting his football team was to keep the ball out of his hands.
He also knew that wasn't possible.
"Every time he touches the ball, he's a threat to go all the way," Elliott said.
Dockery put his athleticism on display Friday night in Curtis' surprisingly easy 41-14 victory over the visiting Trojans before a packed crowd.
Dockery, a 5-foot-11, 165-pound senior, caught three touchdown passes and returned a punt 45 yards to set up another as Curtis, No. 2 in The Seattle Times' Class 4A rankings, improved to 6-0 and made a statement against No. 8 Auburn (4-2).
"We knew they were a good football team coming in," Elliott said. "I think if they're not the best team in the state, they're one of the two top teams in the state."
Curtis quarterback Tyler Jamison threw four touchdown passes, including an 82-yard strike to C.J. Langlow on the Vikings' second play.
But his favorite target was Dockery, who outran and outleaped the Auburn secondary to finish with six catches for 127 yards and three touchdowns.
"He (Jamison) did his job. I did my job, and we got it done," said Dockery, who has received scholarship offers from Washington State, Oregon State, Idaho and Hawaii.
Curtis' sea of blue defenders, led by lineman Cornelius Edison, helped slow down Auburn's potent rushing attack in the first half as the Vikings took a 27-7 lead at half.
The lead increased to 34-7 on Jamison's 45-yard touchdown pass to Dockery and 41-7 on Jason Walker's 4-yard touchdown run shortly after an Auburn fumble deep in its own end.
"We're not a throwing, catch-up kind of team," Elliott said.
Alphonse Wade finally broke free for a 30-yard gain early in the fourth quarter. And Austin Embody scored his second touchdown of the night — on a 50-yard touchdown run — on the next play for Auburn's biggest highlight.
This was Auburn's second consecutive defeat after falling to Kentwood, 19-7, last week.