AUBURN, Mass. – The Auburn High School football team won’t be under the lights for more than a month, but players and coaches are getting ready for the much-anticipated season as they look to win a fifth straight Super Bowl.
“We have a pretty tough schedule with Shrewsbury, Holliston, Northbridge and other deep teams, so it’s going to be a real challenge for us,” said Head Coach Jeff Cormier. “We want to compete week in and week out, keeping our effort up all season.”
Cormier, the team’s coach since 1999, said he is “a bit concerned” with the team’s offseason preparation, but he hopes the players improve in the final weeks of summer.
“We’ve had some adversity this summer with the gym floor being redone, so we couldn’t get into the weight room as much as we wanted,” Cormier said. “But with the gym floor done, we’ll hopefully get in more strength and conditioning in the next few weeks.”
Due to state rules, the team cannot practice until Aug. 20. The team’s first game is on Sept. 7 at home against Shrewsbury, and Cormier said he’s not sure who the main contributors will be.
“We graduated some real quality kids last year, so we have big shoes to fill,” Cormier said. “I’m not sure who will fill them yet, but we do have physically capable kids. We won’t find out who steps up until the lights are on in September.”
The Rockets are coming off a 7-0 Super Bowl win over Hudson last season to win its fourth straight Central Massachusetts title. Cormier said another Super Bowl would be “reflective of great effort all season by all the players and coaches.”
“But that’s so far away right now, we are just looking at the first game against Shrewsbury,” Cormier said. “We want to get off on the right foot, we want to stay healthy and we want to be competitive all season.”