Community sends Central Red Devils off in style as they head to state championship game

The Central High School football team paraded through campus Tuesday prior to jumping on buses and heading to Auburn where they will face Thompson for the Alabama Class 7A state football championship Wednesday in Jordan-Hare Stadium at Auburn University.

Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. EST.

Led by cheerleaders, players and coaches walked through a sea of fellow students, faculty, staff and community members who had come to campus to cheer them on. Many students had made posters for the parade, and the Red Devil band played music as they marched past.

The team boarded three buses waiting on Dobbs Drive before leaving behind a police escort. The team is scheduled to stay in Auburn Tuesday night.

The top-ranked Red Devils (13-0) are hoping to defeat the No. 2 Thompson Warriors of Alabaster to claim their first state title in 25 years, and finish the season undefeated.

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