AUBURN, Mass. – The powerful Auburn Rockets have rarely fallen behind during a dominant 12-0 season this fall. The Tantasqua Warriors, whom Auburn faces in Saturday’s Division 3 Super Bowl, are one of the few teams to have held an early lead against the Rockets this season.
Back on Oct. 19, trailing Tantasqua 7-0, Auburn stormed back to win 30-7. But it was a sloppy beginning for the Rockets, falling behind in their seventh outing for the first time of the season.
At Saturday’s 4 p.m. Super Bowl matchup at Worcester State University, the Rockets will look to avoid early trouble and claim their fifth-straight championship.
“We were fortunate enough to get here, and now we’re going for bonus points,” said Auburn senior fullback Bob Sivret. “We already had our accomplishments over the years. It’s just icing on the cake.”
In addition to winning every game this season, Auburn is riding a 20-game winning streak into Saturday’s contest. The Rockets are also coming off a 49-14 thrashing of Hudson in a snowy semifinal playoff Tuesday.
The Rockets have been dominant all season, scoring 30 points or more in each of 10 games, notching four shutouts and allowing more than eight points only twice.
Auburn, #1 seed, has outscored opponents 435 to 77 in the 12 games this season, averaging 36.3 points a game and allowing just 6.4 points a game.
On the other side, Tantasqua, #3 seed, is 6-6 on the season, pulling off a 21-13 upset over Groton-Dunstable in Tuesday's semifinal. The Warriors have had their high points this year, blowing out Southbridge, Bartlett, Oxford, Burncoat and Nipmuc, but they’ve also had some low points, losing to Doherty, Gardner, Northbridge, Grafton and Shepherd Hill.
The Rockets crushed Northbridge, Grafton and Shepherd Hill by a combined score of 101 to 13 earlier this season.
Auburn will be heavily favored Saturday as it goes for its fifth-straight title. But Auburn head coach Jeff Cormier is not focusing on that milestone.
“We’re just looking to win a football game Saturday,” Cormier said. “Our effort on Saturday is going to be similar to theirs, just going to win a game. We’re going to do our best, and when it’s over, we’ll see where the chips fall.”
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