Auburn Wins 34-26
By John Anderson
Auburn High School’s Thanksgiving Football Game had many firsts this year. It was the first time the game wasn’t scheduled on Thanksgiving. It was the first time a game was aired live by Auburn Community Television. It was the first time the AHS Marching Band got to wear their new uniforms. It was the first time AHS Football played Northeast Metropolitan Regional Vocational High School (Metro Tech). Most importantly, it was the first time Auburn has faced a competitive opponent for the Thanksgiving game in many years.
When Oxford High pulled out of the traditional Thanksgiving competition, Auburn was left with an empty platter. Athletic Director Bill Garneau went shopping and found Metro Tech. They agreed to a two year deal, home this year and away next. For many, this is one of those mashed potato/sweet potato situations. Not the same, but equally delicious. Tuesday is not Thursday, and Metro Tech is not Oxford.
Many vocational high schools are not considered highly competitive, so MIAA tends to align them at lower divisions. Although Metro Tech outnumbers Auburn in male students 717 to 331, they are appropriately aligned in Division 5. They made it to the final game for the North region where they lost to Bishop Fenwick 43-6. Oxford did not see a single playoff game.
The Rockets scored first when T.J. Medlin ran in for six and Ryan Mulcahy kicked the extra point. As the rain increased, Metro Tech responded with six but failed on a 2-point conversion. At the half, Auburn held the lead 7-6, and the game looked evenly matched. That all changed in the second half when Israel Silva ran a 74 yard kickoff return topped with a 2-point conversion. Auburn would score once on a Mark Wright rush, but two more TD’s put the Golden Knights up 26-14 in the fourth.
Then, Auburn showed Wakefield the “Wright” way to play. Mark Wright rushed for 72, 46 and 3 yards for touchdowns. The Rockets attempted a rush after the second TD, but failed. The score was 27-26 in Auburn’s favor. Wright’s last TD with a Ryan Mulcahy kick gave the Rockets an eight point lead. Although Metro Tech could have tied things up with TD and a 2-point conversion, they didn’t pull it off.
Wright set several school records for this game and for the season. Auburn Mass Daily will follow up when the numbers are confirmed. Today’s slide show includes field coverage by Mark Seliger and elevated press box coverage by John Anderson.