AUBURN, Mass. – The last time the Auburn High School football team faced a pass-happy offense, the Rockets were in a fourth-quarter battle against St. Peter-Marian. Auburn pulled out the victory in September, but it was the only time all season that Auburn didn’t dominate an opponent.
Now on Friday night, as Northbridge’s impressive passing attack travels to Auburn, the Rockets hope they have a better time defending the pass.
“They’re loaded with athletes all over the place. They’re physical and their quarterback is an absolute stud,” said Auburn head coach Jeff Cormier. “They’re outstanding. They’re good everywhere, so we got our hands full.
“Hopefully we get a few bounces and have a shot with them,” Cormier added.
Auburn is 8-0 heading into Friday’s big contest, which kicks-off at 7 p.m. The Rockets are also riding a 16-game winning streak. They have shutout four teams, including last week’s 27-0 win over Grafton.
On the other side, Northbridge, 7-1, has also had quite the impressive campaign. The team’s only loss came against Shepherd Hill, another one-loss team, on Oct. 19.
Northbridge has put up stellar numbers on offense in many of its wins, scoring 49 points against David Prouty, 44 points versus Nipmuc and 42 points facing Bartlett and Southbridge. Northbridge is coming off a 33-0 rout over Oxford.
Auburn running back and defensive back Tyler Desjardins said their defense will need to adjust against Northbridge’s “great passing attack.”
“It’s a very big game for us,” Desjardins said. “They’re a great team all around. We’ll learn their formations and adjust to their passing routine.
“We’ll be all set,” Desjardins added. “We’ll be ready for their attack.”