AUBURN, Mass. – The Auburn High School football team had its 41-game win streak snapped last year by Shepherd Hill, and players have been yearning to avenge that defeat ever since. Finally, on Friday night, Auburn will get its chance as Shepherd Hill comes to town.
“We’re going to be ready,” said Auburn wide receiver Dom DiCarlo. “We got a lot of work to do. We have to practice hard with them coming on Friday night, and we’re going to have to work a lot harder. So we’re going to be ready.”
This will be the second straight week that Auburn plays in a “battle of unbeatens.” Last week, Auburn crushed Millbury, 36-0, as both teams entered the contest at 3-0. Now this week, Auburn is hoping to win another undefeated matchup and enact some revenge against Shepherd Hill (4-0) on Friday at 7 p.m. at Auburn High School.
“We’re excited,” said Auburn head coach Jeff Cormier. “Shepherd Hill has dominated their opposition and runs their offense as good as anybody runs it. Their fullback is real good, both wing backs are ridiculous and their quarterback might be the best running quarterback in Central Mass.
“A lot of times their offensive line doesn’t get the credit, but that line of scrimmage churns up a lot of yardage,” Cormier continued. “And that linebacker is a great player. From top to bottom, they’re a loaded football team. We need to get some breaks and hopefully we can be in there late.”
Last year, Shepherd Hill broke Auburn’s impressive win streak, which was the state’s longest streak at the time. Shepherd Hill pulled out a 32-22 victory on Oct. 7, 2011, in Dudley. Running back Brad Picard scored two touchdowns for the Fighting Rams that game, and Picard continues to be a force this year for Shepherd Hill.
Both dominant teams are riding high after shutout victories last week. Shepherd Hill is coming off a 20-0 win over Gardner and Auburn hopes to ride momentum from the 36-0 rout against Millbury.
And this time, the Rockets hope its 12-game win streak improves to lucky number 13.