AUBURN, Mass. – Different week, same old story.
The Auburn High School football team has been shredding opponents all season, and the Rockets’ domination continued on Saturday afternoon, torching Leicester, 34-0, on a chilly fall day in Auburn.
Fullback Bob Sivret and running back Tyler Desjardins had two touchdowns each in the victory. Running back Zach Clifford also had a score for the Rockets, now 6-0 on the season.
“It’s another win against a 4-1 football team, so I’m proud of our guys,” said head coach Jeff Cormier. “Their quarterback, we know, is a very good athlete. [Running back Tom] Rodrick is very, very good. If you grow up in Leicester, you’re a tough kid, so we knew those guys were tough kids.
“I was obviously very happy with the way our kids played and with their effort,” Cormier added.
The Rockets came flying out of the gates as usual, going up 20-0 at halftime. Leicester moved the ball on the game’s first possession, but Auburn forced a punt after two first downs.
The Rockets wasted no time when they got the ball at their own 18-yard line. Desjardins took the team’s first carry down the left sideline for a 50-yard gain. On the next play, Sivret powered up the middle for a 32-yard touchdown. Kicker Steve St. Jean made the extra point, putting Auburn on top, 7-0, with 5:26 left in the first quarter.
Again, Auburn’s defense stopped Leicester on third down, resulting in a punt. After Desjardins brought carry after carry down to the 2-yard line, Clifford punched in a touchdown with one minute left in the opening quarter.
On the Rockets’ third possession, Sivret had an impressive 60-yard touchdown jaunt down the left sideline. St. Jean missed the extra point, but it didn’t hurt as Auburn went up 20-0 before halftime.
The second half was no different as Auburn padded its lead with a 70-yard drive midway through the third quarter.
Wide receiver Dom Dicarlo started the drive with a 15-yard reverse, with a face mask penalty at the end of the play. Then tight end Tyler Simmons caught an 11-yard pass from quarterback Drew Goodrich, which was followed by a 25-yard touchdown pass to Desjardins on fourth down. Sivret then barely made it across the goal line for the two-point conversion.
The team’s final score came on the last play of the quarter before the team pulled its starters. Desjardins took a 30-yard carry down the right sideline as time expired in the quarter, putting an exclamation point on the 34-0 win.
Cormier was happy with his defense, but he is still looking for improvements as the team heads to Tantasqua next week.
“I think we could tackle better, and there are things to work on,” Cormier said. “But Leicester has guys that can break tackles. They’re good. They came in 4-1 because they’re good. It wasn’t an accident that they were 4-1, that’s for sure.”