Auburn trio heading to Football Hall of Fame

Middle school athletes to play in World Youth Football Championship

📸 Courtesy photo of, from left to right, Sam Rundell, Tyler Cook, and Tristan Mathieu of Auburn.

AUBURN — On December 5, three Grade 8 students from Auburn Middle School will be traveling to Canton, Ohio, to play in the World Youth Football Championship.

The World Youth Football Championship serves 11 regions, eight age groups, and one national championship. Auburn’s hometown boys will play against other Grade 8 football teams from around the country, including athletes from Texas, Florida, Oregon, and Wisconsin. This event will be covered by CBS Sports Digital. The national championship game is on the evening of December 9.

Tyler Cook, Tristan Mathieu, and Sam Rundell will represent Auburn on the Boston All-Star Team Next Generation Elite.

These boys have earned positions on the offense, defense and special teams. Cook will be playing left tackle and defensive tackle, Mathieu will be playing running back and linebacker, and Rundell will be positioned at full back and defensive tackle. Cook and Rundell will also be featured on goal line defense, a unit nicknamed “The Monster Package.” When the game gets started, look for Mathieu and Rundell on the kick off team and punt returns.

“This national showcase event will bring the top youth teams and youth athletes together like no other and it will serve as a cornerstone property for football in America,” stated Rich McGuinness, General Manager of World Youth Football Championship.


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