AUBURN, Mass. – Nobody expected the Auburn vs. Westborough football game to start the way it did Friday. But many predicted exactly how it would finish – in a blowout.
On senior night at Auburn High School, the Rockets went down early to the 1-9 Westborough squad. But Auburn responded with 46 unanswered points, cruising to a 46-7 victory and moving to 10-0 on the season.
“I thought their kids were ready to go and got us on our heels with the onside kick and great play calls,” Auburn head coach Jeff Cormier said. “But I’ll give our kids some credit, answering their score with a score, and things got pretty good for us after that.”
Auburn was led by running back Tyler Desjardins, who ran for three touchdowns and caught one for a score.
“Every single week, I've got to credit the line blocking,” Desjardins said. “Without them, I can’t do much. And my fullback and receivers let me get out and break free.”
But the game didn’t start well for Auburn. Westborough came out with a surprise, recovering an onside kick on the opening kickoff and marching down the field for a score. Running back Dan Orlando got the touchdown, scoring from two yards out. The extra point was good as Westborough went up 7-0 with 6:24 left in the first quarter.
However, it was all Auburn after that, as the Rockets scored six touchdowns and Westborough had no answer. It took Auburn less than two minutes to respond to Westborough’s touchdown. Desjardins sprinted in for a 2-yard touchdown, and he converted the two-point conversion to go up, 8-7.
With one minute left in the first quarter, Desjardins was at it again, rushing for a 13-yard score. He followed with another two-point conversion as Auburn went up, 16-7.
Desjardins made it a hat trick with 4:33 left in the first half. He galloped for a 43-yard touchdown and the two-point conversion, padding the lead to 24-7.
Then running back Mark Wright got into the box score, rushing for a 4-yard touchdown and the two-point conversion with two minutes left in the half.
Before the clock ran out for the half, quarterback Drew Goodrich connected with Desjardins for a 19-yard touchdown pass. The extra point from Steve St. Jean was good, and Auburn went into halftime ahead, 39-7.
The only score in the second half came from running back Andrew Markvenus at the end of the third quarter. He ran for a 4-yard touchdown, and St. Jean’s extra point was good to make it 46-7.
Auburn has an 18-game winning streak and will play its final regular season game at Oxford on Thanksgiving morning. Westborough will play its final game at home on Thanksgiving morning against Algonquin.