AUBURN, Mass. – The Auburn High football team began its Thanksgiving feast early Thursday, chowing down on Oxford High in front of a packed house in Oxford at the traditional Thanksgiving morning game.
The Rockets feasted on the Pirates, winning 42-8 as Auburn finished the regular season with a perfect 11-0 record and extended its winning streak to 19 games. Oxford dropped to 1-10 on the season.
“We got some great effort by our kids today, which we needed to have,” Auburn head coach Jeff Cormier said. “I thought we executed relatively well, but I told the guys it’s one-and-done now. It’s playoff time, and we’re going to have get better by Tuesday.”
Auburn has a playoff game Tuesday, Nov. 27, against a team to be determined.
On Thanksgiving, Auburn’s offense moved the ball at ease when its starters were in, scoring on its first four possessions, with the fifth possession ending as time ran out in the first half.
Auburn’s offense exploded the second it touched the ball on its first drive. After big carries from running back Tyler Desjardins and fullback Bob Sivret to the 4-yard line, Sivret scored a touchdown up the middle. Kicker Steve St. Jean, who converted all six extra points on the day, put Auburn ahead 7-0 with 7:10 left in the first quarter.
Then Auburn’s defensive end Zack Tower recovered a fumble on Oxford’s 25-yard line. Sivret followed with his second touchdown of the quarter, receiving an 11-yard pass from quarterback Drew Goodrich. The Rockets went up 14-0 with 4:25 left in the first quarter.
The special teams came through for Auburn on Oxford’s next drive. Safety Tim Bryan blocked a punt, and Auburn took over at Oxford’s 10-yard line. On the first play, Desjardins took a handoff to the right side for a 10-yard touchdown as the Rockets extended their lead to 21-0 with two minutes left in the first quarter.
Desjardins returned to the end zone on Auburn’s next drive. He took a carry to the right, had a quick move and was gone on a 25-yard score. The Rockets went up 28-0 with 6:08 left in the half.
Auburn came out strong in the second half, moving the ball efficiently on its first drive and Sivret scoring his third touchdown of the morning on a 1-yard run. The Rockets continued to dominate with a 35-0 lead with 6:36 left in the third quarter.
Bryan intercepted a pass on Oxford’s next drive, and Cormier pulled the starters. The substitutes moved the ball with running back Andrew Markvenas scoring a 2-yard touchdown with 5:27 left in the game.
Oxford avoided the shutout on its final possession as quarterback Matt Faucher ran for a 45-yard touchdown, and wide receiver Jake Parmenter caught the two-point conversion.
Auburn won its 13th straight Thanksgiving game against Oxford. The last time Oxford won on Thanksgiving was in 1999.
Sivret was named Auburn’s offensive player of the game, and Bryan was the defensive player of the game.