AUBURN, Mass. – The Auburn High School football team doesn’t want to wait for the afternoon to have a feast on Thanksgiving; they’ll be looking to feast on Oxford High School on Thursday morning before holding a celebratory meal in the afternoon.
The Rockets’ annual Thanksgiving game will take place at 10 a.m. at Oxford High School, 495 Main St. Auburn hopes to complete a perfect regular season in the final game on Thursday, win its league outright and head into the playoffs on a high note.
“We’ve always had the approach that Thanksgiving is a playoff game, so as far as we’re concerned, we’re in the playoffs as of right now,” said Auburn head coach Jeff Cormier. “They have a new staff over there, and I’m sure they’re doing a nice job out there. We’re going to give our best effort and see where it goes.”
Many football pundits say that Auburn has been the best team in Central Massachusetts this season. The Rockets are 10-0, dominating all opponents except for one this season. The squad is riding an 18-game winning streak, and there are no signs of that ending anytime soon.
The Rockets have been stellar on both sides of the ball all season. Auburn has outscored its opponents 344-55; to put that in perspective, Auburn is averaging 34.4 points per game and allowing 5.5 points per game. The Rockets have shut out four teams this year, letting up more than seven points in only one game.
On the other side on Thanksgiving, Oxford is struggling with a 1-9 record. Oxford has allowed 30 points or more in eight games this season and has scored more than seven points in only two games.
It’d be hard to find an easier opponent for Auburn on paper. But they still have the play the game on the field. Running back Tyler Desjardins is looking forward to Thursday's game.
“We play them every single year on Thanksgiving, so we know a lot about them,” Desjardins said. “We’re going to take it like a playoff game and take it seriously. We’ll be ready.”
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