AUBURN, Mass. – The Auburn High School football team looks scary this year. Scary good.
Just ask previously undefeated Millbury, the latest victim of Auburn’s domination. The four-time defending Super Bowl champion scored early and often in the first half Saturday, coasting to a 36-0 victory on a dreary fall afternoon in Millbury.
“They are a well-coached football team with good players over there,” said Auburn head coach Jeff Cormier. “I’m proud of our kids for making plays when they had the opportunity to make plays. Our kids executed well today.”
Auburn wasted no time getting on the scoreboard. Less than one minute into the game, running back Tyler Desjardins took an option pitch to the right, sprinting untouched down the sideline for a 50-yard score.
Kicker Steve St. Jean made the extra point to go up 7-0 only 55 seconds into the game. St. Jean made all four of his extra point attempts on the day.
Then Auburn padded its early lead with a score five minutes later. Fullback Bob Sivret set up the touchdown with a 24-yard burst up the middle. Then quarterback Drew Goodrich lobbed a 10-yard fade pass to wide receiver Nate Conway, who used his height advantage to haul in the score.
The bad news kept coming for Millbury, as running back Ross Sudar sustained an injury on the next drive, leaving the game after he was hit hard on a carry. Quarterback Nick Blaisdell ran for a first down and wide receiver Gordon Siebenhaar hauled in a first-down catch, but Auburn’s defense never let Millbury get in a solid rhythm.
After a Millbury turnover on downs and penalties on Auburn, the Rockets were backed up to their 7-yard line on a long third down. But Goodrich connected with wide receiver Dom DiCarlo on a short pass that went for a huge gain.
“Our offensive line gave Drew a lot of time, and he found me, luckily,” DiCarlo said. “The cornerback might have slipped, but I got the ball with an open field ahead of me.”
DiCarlo went down the sideline for a 93-yard score, which was followed by a two-point conversion from running back Zach Clifford to go up 22-0 with 8:42 left in the second quarter.
The rout continued six minutes later when Desjardins tallied his second 50-yard touchdown of the day. He maneuvered around a few defenders, and he was gone.
The impressive first half for Auburn concluded with a 5-yard touchdown as the clock struck zero. DiCarlo came out of the wide receiver position to take an option pitch, made a quick stutter step and then put an exclamation point on the half as he dove across the gol line.
Auburn took out its starters in the second half and eased to a 36-0 win.
“We have a lot of work to do with Shepherd Hill coming up next week,” DiCarlo said. “We’re going to have to work a lot harder in practice and get ready.”
Auburn’s only loss last year was to Shepherd Hill. The game against Shepherd Hill (4-0) is scheduled for Friday night in Auburn. Millbury tries to get back on the winning track Friday night at home against Leicester (3-1).