Alabama and Auburn clash at Pizitz Middle School for a good cause

By Alan Collins

VESTAVIA HILLS (WBRC) - Alabama and Auburn clash this Friday in the 75th annual Iron Bowl. But fans of the two schools squared off already at Pizitz Middle School.

Students competed to see who would raise the most money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Pizitz principal David Miles, a strong Alabama fan ended up having to sing the Auburn fight song after Auburn supporters raised the most money.

The total was more than $1,800. Sophia Warner, an eighth grader and Auburn fan hopes this win is a good sign.

"Like we've done this before. Alabama has won. When Auburn and Alabama played each other, Alabama has always won. We thought [because] Auburn won [the fundraising contest that] might mean Auburn will win when Alabama and Auburn play on Friday," Warner said.

Alabama fan Jack Pilleteri, a seventh grader, took the defeat hard.

"It means Auburn just beat us. It means Auburn cared more about MDA than us which is sad," Pilleteri said.

You can tell the students enjoyed their friendly competition at Pizitz Middle School. The money raised will go to an important cause and a cause that touched them.

Lee Carpenter, a former Homewood teacher has ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease. Carpenter is a former letterman for Auburn and has been on a ventilator since 1989.

"I was happy to stand up and talk to our faculty and students about all the great things MDA does for our family and families like ours," said Andy Carpenter, Lee's son and an assistant principal of instruction and curriculum at Pizitz.

Earlier in the day, students watched a video about the elder Carpenter and ended up supporting MDA.

"Everybody, a few people crying. It was pretty touching and MDA was a good cause," Pilleteri said.

"It touched our hearts and we want to do something about it," Warner said.

The students and faculty at Pizitz Middle School say it's rare when Alabama and Auburn fans can compete and still feel like both sides won.

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