Yes, we are 48 hours away from the famous "41" game that we have all been waiting for. On October 7, 2011, the Shepherd Hill football team stopped the all time Massachusetts schoolboy football record of "41" consecutive wins beating Auburn in Dudley by a 32-22 score. Forty eight hours from now on Friday, at Drury Square in Auburn, the sequel to "41" will kickoff with much anticipation.
By the way, both Shepherd Hill and Auburn are undefeated this season and both stand proud at 4-0. For the past 51 and a half weeks I have heard "wait till Auburn gets them in 2012".... "Payback isn’t fun" .... and on and on. My answer was and is: "Really???" I like these Rams against Auburn all day, every day. I am not a homer because I don’t like the Rams all the time against some opponents, but I do like them this week. Why? Very simple! Shepherd Hill owns the all time series in wins dating back to the early 70s. It’s been a lopsided series in favor of Shepherd Hill. Matt Morway tells me it’s more lopsided than the Oxford-Auburn Thanksgiving Day series. Another reason is because Shepherd Hill always plays Auburn tough no matter what. Shepherd Hill just has Auburn’s number.That’s right, as in "41." This is what "41" means. It means the longest winning streak ever in the state and will be hard pressed to break. It means it took Auburn over 5 seasons to get to "41." It means that Auburn was always mentioned in every lead schoolboy football story throughout the state as long as "41" was alive. It means that "41" was never talked about by the Auburn coaches and players. It means that Auburn shook hands gladly "41" straight times in the post game good sportsmanship act. "41" meant that Auburn was never considered a Division 3 football school. The streak kept Auburn in the same sentence as Everett and Brockton. Everyone thought that Auburn was the best of the best in the state when "41" was alive and well. "41" ended up to be the elephant on Drury Square. The Auburn football program did not want to talk about or recognize "41," therefore they all walked around "41." Shepherd Hill actually did Auburn a favor by stopping "41" because "41" had a mind of its own. It wanted to be "42" and that would have really put the gag order on the Auburn coaches. I haven’t figured out why the silence over "41." There had to be some good times to get to "41." But "41" was a silent act where everyone associated with "41" could never talk about it. I have never had a "41" in my entire life, but if I was lucky enough to have a "41," I would have treated it with more respect. Imagine all the hard work, blood, sweat, and tears that go into making "41." That’s a lot of sacrificing and a lot of hours of dedicated teamwork.
I would have admired "41" and credit my players, coaches, administration, community, etc. "41" deserved, at the very least, a handshake. Shepherd Hill deserved a handshake because we may never see "41" again. I feel bad for "41." The owners of "41" from Auburn never ever talked about "41" and all of a sudden "41" was gone without saying goodbye. There were no calling hours at the Robert J. Miller Funeral Home for "41." No post game handshake. Nothing for "41." Wow!!! How about a moment of silence before the game at Drury Square on Friday for "41." I guess the grass is greener on the other side of "41" as Auburn is now "12." That’s "12" straight wins since they left "41" in Dudley a year ago without a ride home to Auburn.
Shepherd Hill adopted "41" and these Rams are thinking of kidnapping "12" this Friday night on Drury Sqaure because "41" needs a brother.
Am I over the top on this one?
Maybe. I think it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity for these kids from both schools. The winner of this one deserves everything that goes with it. RESPECT.
THE OXFORD INSURANCE AGENCY PLAYER OF THE GAME LAST WEEK WAS BRIAN PICARD OF SHEPHERD HILL FOR HIS RUSHING EFFORTS AGAINST A TOUGH GARDNER DEFENSE.
THE OXFORD INSURANCE AGENCY LINEMAN OF THE WEEK SHEPHERD HILL’S CHRIS DUTTING. THIS IS LINEBACKER DUTTING’S SECOND HONOR AS LINEMAN OF THE WEEK.
THE OXFORD INSURANCE AGENCY GAME OF THE WEEK HAS SHEPHERD HILL AT AUBURN ON FRIDAY AT 7 PM. PLEASE JOIN MATT MORWAY AND PETE GEANIS FOR ALL THE ACTION BETWEEN THESE TWO UNDEFEATED TEAMS ON AM 940 WGFP.THE PRE GAME SHOW BEGINS AT 6:45 PM.
SHEPHERD HILL (4-0) over AUBURN (4-0) AT AUBURN, FRIDAY 7 P.M.
Can the Rams do it again to the most consistent football program around? I have a feeling Shepherd Hill is going to air it out more than usual against the Rockets. Another upset in the making.
BARTLETT (1-3) over UXBRIDGE (2-2) AT MEMORIAL FIELD IN WEBSTER, FRIDAY 7 P.M.
OK, the hometown Indians were overmatched last week at the reservation. Here’s the deal. Givens-Perry, Patterson, Philips, and Spooner are going to lead Bartlett to a mild upset at home. A good week of practice and hard work is what these Indians need. We don’t need any turnovers this week.
TANTASQUA (2-2) over OXFORD (0-4) AT THE RESERVATION IN STURBRIDGE, FRIDAY 7 P.M.
Oxford’s Matt Faucher can take a bow as he has been Mr. Pirate for the month of September. Oxford has had a tough go of it, but Faucher has scored 6 touchdowns, kicked 2 pat’s, and rushed for 2 conversions for a total of 42 points.
BAY PATH (3-1) over MONTY TECH (2-2) AT MUGGET HILL IN CHARLTON, FRIDAY 4 P.M.
They are playing this game on Friday after school at 4 p.m. at Bay Path..The triple E is still with us..The Bulldogs of MT have a couple of players worth mentioning on the offensive side of the ball. Adam Forgues and Tarsiah Murphy know their way to the Big House. Bay Path is in for a closer game than I thought. MT can rock fight pretty good. I like the Minutemen’s offensive big play makers in St. Laurent, Baez, Thibeault, and Barnes. This is a good test for Bay Path at a very interesting time of day.
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- Wednesday, 03 October 2012
- Posted in Categories: : Peter Coyle