AUBURN, Mass. – The Auburn High School football team showed Friday night that it doesn’t crush just teams from around Worcester.
Holliston High School, a Metrowest squad highly touted by Auburn head coach Jeff Cormier, headed home deflated Sept. 14 after Auburn put a 35-0 whooping on the home scoreboard.
“They’re an awesome team even though the score doesn’t show it, and beating them is going to boost our confidence even more,” said Auburn running back Tyler Desjardins, who scored three touchdowns. “And every single week we’re going to get better and better, and who knows where that will bring us.”
Auburn scored early and often. Ninety seconds into the game, Desjardins took a hand-off along the left side and went down the sideline for a 63-yard score.
Then with 5:35 left in the first quarter, Desjardins struck again on the left side for a 13-yard touchdown. Kicker Steve St. Jean, who made all five point-after-touchdowns, raised the lead to 14-0.
Auburn continued its offensive showcase in the second quarter. After a few critical third-down conversions, fullback Bob Sivret took a hand-off up the middle for a 4-yard score.
Before the end of the half, quarterback Drew Goodrich threw his only touchdown pass. He faked the pass to a wide receiver, confusing the defense, which left tight end Tyler Simmons open downfield. Simmons made a quick cut to the left to evade a tackler, and he was home free for the score. The point after made it 28-0 at halftime.
Auburn didn’t tally a point in the third quarter, but that changed at the start of the fourth. Desjardins found an opening on the right side of the line and was gone for his third score of the night.
“The whole defense sealed in, and Bob [Sivret] made a nice block, and it was just a big whole for me straight into the end zone,” Desjardins said. “It was easy. It was wide open.”
The offense was explosive all night, and the defense also made great plays in the shutout, Cormier said.
“I was proud of the ways our kids played defensively,” he said. “It was nice to see Dom [DiCarlo] get an interception today. It was nice to see [Nate] Conway get an interception today. And there was pretty good pass rush on that, too.”
Despite the victory, Cormier said the team still needs to improve.
“I’m a little disappointed putting the ball on the turf,” Cormier said of a fumble. “We made some mental mistakes. We jumped off-sides. We made a mental mistake with a late hit out of bounds. We have to clean that stuff up."
Auburn hits the road next Saturday against St. Peter-Marian in Worcester at 7 p.m.