AUBURN, Mass. – Auburn star running back Tyler Desjardins has very appropriate initials; T.D. has been scoring touchdowns all season, especially Friday night in Auburn’s rout of Tantasqua.
Desjardins scored four touchdowns in the 30-7 victory on a wet and muddy night at Tantasqua Regional High School. The win improved the Rockets to 7-0 on the season and extended its winning streak to 15 games.
“My nickname is pretty spectacular,” Desjardins said. “It was given to me when I was young and just stuck ever since and just goes perfect with the game.”
The eventual rout didn’t start out in typical, dominant Auburn fashion, however. Desjardins was stuffed on fourth and goal from the 1-yard line, and, at the end of the first quarter, Tantasqua went ahead 7-0 after a 10-yard touchdown pass. It was Auburn’s first deficit all season.
But the rest of the game belonged to Auburn, which scored 30 unanswered points with Desjardins leading the way.
“We started off slow, but we exploded,” Desjardins said. “Our offensive line started pushing, pushing, pushing, and we just followed. That’s all we got to do.
“We battled back, and it just shows how tough we are,” he added. “Battled back, great teamwork all around, win the game. It’s awesome.”
After Auburn fell behind, the team’s next possession was an offensive clinic down the field with successful runs and short passes. The drive capped off with Desjardins taking a 26-yard hand-off up the middle for a touchdown. Fullback Bob Sivret battled up the gut for a two-point conversion, making it 8-7 Auburn.
Then, with 1:12 left in the half, Desjardins struck again from five yards out. Running back Zach Clifford then took a handoff for the two-point conversion as the Rockets went up 16-7 at halftime.
Auburn kept the scoring coming in the second half, taking the opening possession down the field for a score. After quarterback Drew Goodrich connected with wide receiver Nate Conway on a 30-yard pass, Desjardins powered his way for a 1-yard score. He then added the two-point conversion, with Auburn going up 24-7 with seven minutes left in the third quarter.
Neither team could muster any points until the final minute of the game, as Desjardins capped off the huge night with his fourth touchdown with 59 seconds left.
“It was two good football teams playing hard, and we were able to find a way to get in the end zone more than them,” said Auburn head coach Jeff Cormier. “I’m happy the way our kids played. I’m proud of the way our kids and coaches were able to find a way to get some things to work as the game went on.”
Auburn’s next game is against Grafton on Friday, Oct. 26, at 7 p.m. at Auburn High School.