By John Anderson
Last year’s 33-0 loss to Hudson was still fresh in the memory of Auburn’s players, coaches and fans when they met again on Friday night under the lights. Hudson brings a high level of competition to the Rockets in multiple sports, and everyone knows the results are not predictable.
On the first drive of the game, the Hawks moved down the field, scored an easy touchdown and made the 2-point conversion. On Auburn’s first drive, they advanced the ball primarily with Mark Wright’s running skills. With 4:44 left in the quarter, Wright ran in for a 34-yard touchdown. The conversion failed, and the Rockets were down 8-6.
Just over a minute into the second quarter, Hudson got another TD but missed extra points. There had to be spectators who were feeling a bit uneasy, but Wright would change that at the 8:05 when he ran in another TD and followed with a 2-point run to tie the game. With 32 seconds left and Auburn on the 2-yardline, Steve Saucier ran in a TD, but the conversion failed once again. Auburn recovered their onside kick and Ryan Mulcahy kicked a 38-yard field goal to give the Rockets a 23-14 lead.
In the second half, Mark Wright had an 18-yard touchdown and 2-point conversion in the third and a 60-yard TD run in the fourth. Hudson offered minimal defense in the second half and their offense wasn’t any better. One Hudson Assistant Coach on the sideline commented about Mark Wright, “He’s the real deal.”
Auburn Coach Jeff Cormier was genuinely pleased with the game and thought his defense was good. He commented, “As the game went on, we settled down.” The offense, obviously, was good too.