S-D-A moved the ball and had chances to dent the scoreboard on Friday night at Auburn, but the Rockets failed to convert and Auburn made the most of its opportunities all night on the way to a 41-0 victory.
Auburn got on the board with its opening drive of the game, a four-play march that ended with a 30-yard scoring run and a PAT kick to make it 7-0.
S-D-A responded well.
Max Kuhr converted a 4th-and-6 play from midfield with a 25-yard run and Will McCoy later made a one-handed catch that converted a 3rd-and-4 pass play that had the Rockets inside Auburn’s 10-yard line.
Penalties marched the Rockets backward, however, and Auburn took over on downs.
After forcing an Auburn punt, the Rockets converted a 4th-and-1 from their own 36 yard line on a quarterback sneak by Burton Brandt. Eventually, S-D-A was forced to punt.
Auburn got a scoring drive going with a 30-yard run and took it to pay dirt on a 25-yard rush. The PAT failed and with 9:50 left until half, it was 13-0.
S-D-A punted on its next possession and Auburn’s offense went back to work. A 50-yard march was capped by a 6-yard run and a two-point run to make it 21-0 with 3:50 left.
The two teams exchanged punts and it appeared that the Rockets would be able to run out the first half clock. But an S-D-A fumble set up a one-play drive for the Bulldogs as Auburn scored on a 33-yard pass at the 57 second mark. A point after miss had the score at 27-0 at half.
Max Kuhr received the opening kick of the second half for S-D-A and took it to the 31 yard line. A pass from Brandt to Brendon Lyon plus a personal foul on Auburn put the Rockets into Bulldog territory and S-D-A converted 4th-and-7 with a screen to Brandon Cavanaugh, but Auburn forced S-D-A to punt.
The Bulldogs got a 69-yard scoring rush and a PAT kick to make it 34-0 with 6:04 left in the third quarter.
S-D-A got a drive going from its own 24 yard line. Cavanaugh rushed for a first on 3rd-and-short and then converted 3rd-and-9 on a pass play from Brandt. A pass play from Brandt to Lyon helped the Rockets convert 2nd-and-6 and Lyon ran for a first down to the Auburn 25-yard line.
That’s where the drive stalled. And Auburn took possession on downs.
With action now in the fourth quarter, Auburn had a drive stall and punted to S-D-A, but the Rockets fumbled and the Bulldogs recovered. Auburn had the ball inside the Rocket 10 yard line and scored on a short rush to make the final 41-0.
With the loss, the Rocket team fell to 2-6 on the season while the Auburn team advanced its record to 7-1. Auburn will wrap its regular season with a game at Fort Calhoun, 4-4.