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Nashoba Looks Strong in Season-opening Win

September 8, 2018

GROTON -- The Nashoba Regional football team kicked off the season in style on Friday night.

Paced by a balanced offensive attack and a stout defense, the Chieftains picked up a 28-0 victory over host Groton-Dunstable.

“The defense played well tonight,” said Nashoba head coach Jamie Tucker. “First play of the game, they (run) like 30 yards right up the middle, but then we held tough after that. It is nice to see the kids bounce back. We always talk about teams making plays on you but it is how you react, and I thought we did a good job tonight of responding.”

Things started well for the hosts as senior Nate Townsend (4 carries, 44 yards) sprinted 40 yards on the first play from scrimmage. Just two plays later, though, Nashoba’s John Duros recorded his team’s first of three interceptions on the evening.

Two plays later, senor Sam Bolinskty (12 for 16, 137 yards, 2 TDs) threw a bullet deep down the field to Troy Barksdale, which resulted in a 52-yard touchdown. Alex Childs booted through the extra point to give the Chieftains a 7-0 lead just 1:12 in.

Nashoba extended its lead to 14-0 with 7:57 left in the second quarter when Barksdale took a handoff and sprinted in from 9 yards out. Childs was once again true on the extra point to make the score 14-0, which ended up being the score at the break.

Coming out of the locker room, the Chieftains embarked on a 12-play drive that saw Childs (18 carries, 89 yards, TD) cap off the march when he busted through the middle for a 9-yard touchdown run. Childs booted through the extra point to give Nashoba a 21-0 lead.

The Chieftains final score of the evening came with 8:50 left when Bolinsky connected with Matt Johnson on a 12-yard touchdown pass. Childs booted through his fourth extra point of the evening.

“We have always been a team that is going to take what is there,” Tucker said. “We ran the ball when we had to and threw it when we had to.”

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