AUBURN, Mass. – The much-anticipated football season opener is finally here, and Auburn Head Coach Jeff Cormier said the key to Friday's game against Shrewsbury will be playing with poise.
“Emotions are going to be running high. You got two teams that have a chance at being pretty good, but they have to execute before being pretty good. Mental mistakes and turnovers in any big game becomes the issue," Cormier said. “I think the team that plays real clean has a better chance at winning."
The team’s first game is on Sept. 7 at home against Shrewsbury High School. Kick-off is set for 7 p.m. Auburn is looking to repeat as Super Bowl champions for the fifth straight season.
Auburn’s strength has been its running game in past seasons, but Cormier said “we’ll find out how strong it is Friday night.”
“All I know is that we’ve practiced it. I don’t know if it’s strong yet,” Cormier said. “We’ll find out late Friday night if it’s our strength.”
Cormier is hoping for a beautiful night with a lot of support from the community.
The Rockets are coming off a 7-0 Super Bowl win over Hudson last season to win its fourth straight Central Massachusetts title.
After the Sept. 7 home game against Shrewsbury, the Rockets face Holliston on Sept. 14 at home.