Given its recent run of success, the Auburn High football team hardly had to prove anything or set any kind of proverbial tone for the season last night, but the Rockets' coaching staff did deliver an internal message. Showing confidence in a new batch of players, Auburn scored on fourth down on its first two possessions to spark a season-opening 28-6 win over visiting Shrewsbury High at Memorial Field. The Rockets started the game with a strong drive that was largely run-based behind its vaunted offensive line, but when faced with a fourth-and-4 situation, Auburn took to the air, and senior quarterback Drew Goodrich connected with Dom DiCarlo on a 39-yard touchdown pass. "The first couple drives it was a situational decision, plus we have confidence that our guys can execute," said Auburn coach Jeff Cormier, whose team controlled the ball for nine minutes in the first quarter. "We feel our kids, when they’re squared away and focused, have a chance to make a play in any situation.” After Shrewsbury turned the ball over on downs, Auburn went on the attack again. Despite big chunks of yards gained by running backs Bob Sivret, Zach Clifford and Desjardins, it looked as if the Rockets would be relegated to a field goal attempt. On fourth down from the Shrewsbury 8, Cormier dug into the playbook and called DiCarlo's number again, and the shifty senior came through, scoring from eight yards out on a reverse. Shrewsbury cut the lead to 13-6 with 2:17 left in the half behind the powerful and accurate arm of junior quarterback Miek Coggeshall, who kept alive the drive when he connected with Joe Grella on a third-down conversion, and capped the march with an 18-yard scoring strike to Jay Reynolds.
Auburn 28, Shrewsbury 6
Friday, Sep. 7, 2012, at Auburn
|Auburn||TD||Dom DiCarlo 39-yard pass from Drew Goodrich (Steve St. Jean kick)|
|Auburn||TD||Dom DiCarlo 8-yard run (kick failed)|
|Shrewsbury||TD||Jay Reynolds 18-yard pass from Mike Coggeshall (kick failed)|
|Auburn||TD||Drew Goodrich 8-yard run (Tyler Desjardins run)|
|Auburn||TD||Mark Wright 18-yard run (Steve St. Jean kick)|
Updated: Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, 4:14 p.m.