MILLBURY, Mass. — The Millbury High Football team, took one on the chin Saturday afternoon getting blasted by the powerful Auburn Rockets 36-0 at Millbury High School. Auburn used its superior size advantage to great effect, and its offensive and defensive lines dominated the point of attack and the over-matched Woolies had no answer.
Taking little time to get untracked, the Rockets Tyler Desjardins took a pitch to his right and blasted down the right sideline for a 50 yard touchdown run, one of two he had during the first half.
Less than five minutes later, Rockets quarterback Drew Goodrich hit a 10-yard pass to wide receiver Nate Conway, who simply out-jumped the coverage for a touchdown.
Millbury was stunned by how quick the Rockets struck, but it seemed that they turned the corner. Regrouping defensively Millbury had Auburn backed up to its own seven-yard line, facing a third down with 30 yards to go. Millbury Defensive Coordinator Matt Mullhane was frantically yelling for his secondary players to back up prior to the snap but to no avail.
With great protection, Goodrich fired the ball deep down the right sidelines and the Rockets’ Dom DiCarlo hauled it in, shook off a tackle and buried the Woolies hopes with a 93-yard touchdown.
All the wind went out Millbury's sails with the play. Auburn ran in a two-point conversion and with six minutes left in the first half it was 22-0.
The Rockets added 14 more points before halftime, this one was over. Auburn coach Jeff Cormier would get his subs some quality playing time in the second half but the outcome was not in doubt.
While the young Woolies showed they weren't ready to take on Auburn, at 3-1, their season has been very positive and it’s back to the drawing board for coach Ray Richards.
Next week, they face the powerful Leicester Wolverines at Millbury High. Leicester was rated as the No. 9 team in Central Mass before falling to Grafton 10-0.