AUBURN, Mass. – Hang around Auburn High School football head coach Jeff Cormier enough and you’ll start to think he’s New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick.
Cormier doesn’t focus too much on the positive areas of his team that has won the last four Super Bowls, always saying they need to get better, and he makes his opponents sound like they could beat the New England Patriots.
The compliments were flowing when discussing Friday night’s opponent Holliston High School, saying the Metrowest program is “as good a coached football team as you’ll find anywhere, and I’m not saying that just because they’re coming to town.”
He said that Holliston is a “top-to-bottom squared-away football program” and Auburn will have its hands-full at home on Friday night at 7 p.m.
“They’re very, very fast and run real well in space,” Cormier said. “They’re a very physical football team, and it’s going to be a significant challenge for our kids this week. We have to tackle better in space, and we’ll have to match their quickness at the point of attack.”
Holliston is a very complete, sound, fundamental football team, according to Cormier.
“They run and pass equivalently. They’re very good at both,” Cormier said. “They are very explosive on both sides of the ball.”
Cormier said the effort has been good in practice this week, but he won’t be sure if there was much improvement until the lights come on.
“We need to be good when it’s game time, so I don’t think we’ll be able to tell until Friday night,” the head coach said.
Last Friday, Auburn routed Shrewsbury, 28-6, in the season opener at a packed home stadium. After the Sept. 14 home game against Holliston, Auburn will hit the road next weekend. Auburn will play its first road game at St. Peter-Marian in Worcester at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22.