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Nashoba Stays Focused

November 22, 2018

BOLTON -- With a trip to Gillette Stadium right around the corner, the Nashoba Regional football team could easily overlook rival Clinton High on Thanksgiving morning.

But, that is not how the Chieftains go about their business.

“We have dealt with this before, so we will be ready for it,” said Nashoba Regional head coach Jamie Tucker. “High school football is so special, and the Thanksgiving Day football games are a main reason for that, so I am not worried about us overlooking Clinton. We take things one game at a time around here.”

Nashoba knocked off Gloucester, 32-14, on Saturday to advance to the Division 4 Super Bowl on Nov. 30 at the home of the New England Patriots in Foxboro. The Chieftains will face Dighton-Rehoboth in the title game, with kickoff scheduled for 5 p.m.

Before that, however, Nashoba still has work to do against Clinton. Though many area games were moved from Thursday morning’s traditional start time due to a forecast predicting bitterly cold temperatures, the Chieftains and Gaels are sticking with Thursday’s 10 a.m. kickoff.

The two teams certainly come in at opposite ends of the spectrum. Clinton enters the contest with a 4-6 record, while Nashoba comes in at 10-1. The Gaels are averaging 16 points per game and are giving up 24 per contest, while the Chieftains average 24 per contest and are giving up a measly 10 points per game.

Last year, the teams were in an almost identical position, with Nashoba staring down a trip to Gillette Stadium and the Gaels finishing up a tough season. In the end, the Chieftains walked away with a 28-12 victory.

“Clinton against Nashoba has been a rivalry for a long time,” Tucker said. “It is new to Thanksgiving, but it is a pretty cool rivalry because it is two neighboring towns, so the kids and parents know each other quite well. It will be a fun experience for everyone playing and attending the game.”

Nashoba enters the game with an explosive offense led by senior quarterback Sam Bolinsky, who has thrown for 1, 564 yards and 21 touchdowns this fall. Bolinsky’s main target has been John Foney, who has hauled in 35 passes for 451 yards and five touchdowns. Alex Childs (642 yards, 8 touchdowns) and Brandon Lee (320 yards, 5 touchdowns) have paced the Chieftains ground attack.

Defensively, Matt Johnson leads Nashoba with 76 tackles.

“Clinton has always run the wing-T well,” Tucker said. “They are very organized and well-prepared on both sides of the ball. They are also very physical on both sides of the ball, so we are going to have to be ready to play football if we want to win.”

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