AUBURN, Mass. – The Auburn High School football team tore up the practice field Monday for the first time this season, looking to repeat as Super Bowl champions for the fifth straight year.
The Rockets went over all the facets of the game, including passing, catching, blocking, cutting, route running, sprinting through tackles and protecting the football.
“We’re trying to get going and get the kids in shape and condition them,” head coach Jeff Cormier said. “We’re doing some individual work, and also getting some plays in.
“We just want to find out where they can play, and where they can help us out at what level."
Cormier said he wasn’t sure who the main contributors on offense and defense will be, but “that’s what we’ll hopefully find out this week.”
“We want to start seeing who contributes, who gets going and who doesn’t,” he said. “We’ll scrimmage at the end of the week, and we’ll see where guys sit.”
The scrimmage is against Uxbridge, Clinton and Fitchburg on Friday.
The team has five senior captains, including right guard Aaron Dyke. He said the players are not in the swing of things yet, but he’s excited to finally get out on the practice field.
“We have 27 seniors, so we basically have every starting position and we just need to find a running back. We’ll probably do that within this week and be ready for the scrimmage on Friday,” Dyke said.
He has finished each season with a Super Bowl and wants to end his senior year the same way.
“We just need to come into practice focused and ready to go,” Dyke said. “We need to practice like we play, and play like we practice.”
The team went through plenty of summer training to get ready for the season, Dyke said. Team members were in the weight room every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, and they also held speed camp.
The last time they were on the field, the Rockets were celebrating a 7-0 Super Bowl win over Hudson to win its fourth straight Central Massachusetts title. The team’s first game is Sept. 7 at home against Shrewsbury.