AUBURN, Mass. – Move over, 1972 Miami Dolphins. Make some room for another undefeated squad.
The Auburn High School Rockets completed their dominant season with a fifth straight Super Bowl on Saturday at Worcester State University, beating the Tantasqua Warriors, 33-7.
Auburn finished the season at 13-0 and extended its winning streak to 21 games.
“I’m really happy for these kids and to be around them,” said Auburn head coach Jeff Cormier. “They earned it. These kids work so hard during the week and do all the little things. We’ve been getting results like this through their effort and determination.
“It never gets old,” Cormier added about winning the Super Bowl. “The seniors did it their way, and it was just nice to go along for the ride with those guys.”
The Rockets weren’t their dominant selves for the entire game. The offense had trouble getting momentum in the first quarter, and the game was scoreless heading into the second quarter. But Auburn running back Mark Wright broke the tie on the first play of the second, plunging in for a 5-yard score. The extra point was no good as Auburn went ahead, 6-0.
The Rockets had fallen behind only twice in games this season, but the Warriors made it three when they took the lead on their next drive. Tantasqua converted two fourth downs on the possession, and wide receiver Spencer Duncan scored on a 10-yard pass. The Warriors’ extra point was good as they went on top, 7-6, with 1:43 left in the half.
That lead was short-lived. Auburn immediately responded with a 79-yard touchdown pass. Quarterback Drew Goodrich threw the ball about 45 yards in the air as Tyler Desjardins caught it over the shoulder and sprinted the rest of the way for the score. The 2-point conversion was no good, but Auburn led, 12-7, with 1:26 left in the half..
Tantasqua was looking to get a score before the break, but Auburn’s defense stepped up as defensive end Zack Tower recovered a fumble at Tantasqua’s 26-yard line. Then the Rockets took to the air again as Goodrich hooked up with wide receiver Dom DiCarlo on a 25-yard score with 26 seconds left in the half. The 2-point conversion was no good, but Auburn was ahead, 18-7, at halftime.
“This is my third ring, and it feels awesome,” DiCarlo said. “We worked hard, and we earned it, and this is just a great feeling right now.”
The Rockets padded their lead with 3:09 left in the third quarter. Goodrich threw his third touchdown pass of the day, connecting with wide receiver Nate Conway on a 20-yard pass. Desjardins ran up the middle for the 2-point conversion to go up 26-7.
But the Rockets’ scoring party wasn’t done yet. After a 45-yard pass from Goodrich to Desjardins, fullback Bob Sivret ran up the gut for an 11-yard score. The extra point was good as Auburn cruised to a 33-7 lead with 7:24 left in the game.
“I’m speechless right now. This is awesome,” said safety Tim Bryan. “This is great for the program, and all our hard work this year has finally paid off.”