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Hail to the champs: Reunion honors '92 Auburn football team
A special group of players from one of Auburn's finest football teams returned last Friday to celebrate the past.
A group of 1992 Trojans reunited at Auburn Memorial Stadium to celebrate the 20-year anniversary of one of its glorious seasons. The teams was honored at halftime of the Auburn-Federal Way game.
Under coach Bob Jones, Auburn captured the South Puget Sound League North Division title in '92, upset defending state champion Cascade of Everett in the quarterfinals before falling to eventual state champion Newport of Bellevue, 17-7, in the semifinals at the Tacoma Dome.
No Auburn team had advanced that far in the postseason before 1992.
"The thing I remember most was how talented the whole team was," Jones said. "We had amazing practices because our backups could all play and could start for most other teams."
The Trojans left their mark that season in many ways:
• They averaged 33.3 points a game, allowing only 9.9 points a game.
• The team set a school record for total defense that still stands today: 1,332 yards in nine games. The Trojans held three teams to less than 100 yards in a game.
• 17 players were selected on the All-SPSL first- or second-team or honorable mention roster.
• Drew Mullins rushed for 1,212 yards.
• Jeff Davis led the team with 27 receptions.
• Chris Barrett passed for more than 1,100 yards and 13 touchdowns.
Cameron Curry, who is in the Air Force, came from Alaska on his way home to Texas to join the celebration. Barrett, a pilot for Southwest Airlines and an Air Force Academy graduate, arrived from the San Francisco Bay Area.
Curry was an All-Mountain West Conference player as a senior.
"The reunion for me was one of the first times I realized how much I really miss coaching," said Jones, who is now the athletic director at the school. "The relationships that are developed with players and coaches are special. I have hardly seen most of the players and it was like we had never been apart. It was really fun."