Nashoba Stays Perfect with Win Over Marlboro
NORTHBORO -- A week after getting a pivotal early-season victory over rival Marlboro High, the Nashoba Regional football team avoided a letdown on Friday night in Northboro.
With four different players finding the end zone, the visiting Chieftains earned a hard-fought 29-15 non-league victory on the road over the hosts from Algonquin Regional.
Nashoba is now a perfect 5-0, while the Tomahawks fall to 1-4.
“Algonquin played really well and gave us a tough game,” said Nashoba head coach Jamie Tucker. “Our guys responded with some big plays. I thought, really from middle of the first quarter on, we made some big plays when we had to.”
The hosts actually found themselves ahead of the Chieftains when Brendan Hermanspan connected with Jack Branson on a 32-yard touchdown pass with 4:23 left in the first quarter. Hermanspan found Branson on the 2-point conversion to help the Tomahawks open up a 8-0 lead.
But like all good teams do, Nashoba responded. Just 1:57 later, Danny McNulty sprinted in from 12 yards out and also converted the conversion run to knot the game at 8-8.
The Chieftains took the lead for good just 28 seconds into the second quarter when quarterback Sam Bolinsky threw a 2-yard scoring strike to tight end Matt Johnson. Alex Childs booted through the extra point to give Nashoba a 15-8 lead, which ended up being the score at the break.
Nashoba extended its lead with 30 seconds left in the third quarter when Brendan Lee scored a 5-yard touchdown run. Childs once again booted through the extra point to make the score 22-8.
The final Chieftain touchdown came with 10:05 left in the contest when Bolinsky threw a 15-yard scoring strike to Jack Cahill. Childs made his third extra point, giving the visitors a 29-8 lead.
Lee paced the Chieftain ground game as he tallied 60 yards on 10 carries. He also had a number of crucial tackles for losses on the defensive side of the ball.
“Brendan (Lee) was great for us last year,” Tucker said. “He is an experienced player who leads this defense. He is a good kid who works super hard.”
The Chieftains will look to remain unbeaten next week when they host North Middlesex on Friday night.