Alvirne rips Nashua South football, 42-14

HUDSON – In past years – heck, even last year – the thought of the Alvirne High School football team beating Nashua High School South was laughable.

No one’s laughing now.

The Broncos compiled 480 yards of total offense, led by running back Jack Mahoney’s 212 yards and three touchdowns on 31 carries, in a 42-14 win Friday night.

Perhaps the fact Alvirne won may not have been such a surprise, given the fact the Broncos came into the game tied with South atop the Division I Western Conference at 3-2.

But the Panthers had won three straight while the Broncos had looked awful in a 22-point home loss to Salem a week ago, and the point difference seemed staggering.

“It’s a great feeling,” Mahoney said, “since last year they came out and smoked us. Coach (Tim Walsh) told us to make history, and we sure did.”

And gave their coach a big birthday present.

“Jack did well tonight,” Walsh said. “We did a lot of things on
offense. I told the offensive linemen ‘It’s going to be up to you guys,’ and they said, ‘Coach, we’ll take care of it.’”

Now the 4-2 Broncos have the lead and a tiebreaker edge over the Panthers for home field in a conference title game.

“We got beat in all phases,” South coach Scott Knight said.

Alvirne jumped out to a 14-0 lead and never looked back. The Broncos served notice with an opening 12-play, 71-yard scoring drive – which Mahoney finished by running in from 12 yards out to make it 7-0 with 6:57 left in the first quarter.

Mahoney’s second TD, a 14-yard run, gave Alvirne a 14-0 lead going into the second quarter. But the key came late in the second quarter when the Broncos, up 14-8, scored two TDs in the final 2:58. The first came on Ryan Godschall’s 15-yard run.

The second, set up by a Dan Brown 42-yard completion to George Notini, came on a 7-yard TD pass from Brown to Sam Bonney-Liles with just six seconds left in the half, giving the Broncos a 28-8 lead at intermission.

“That was a back breaker,” Knight said.

South’s lone score during meaningful time came on Malik Langa’s 1-yard run with 5:06 left in the first half. The Panthers had managed just 39 yards for much of the second half, unable to get any momentum at all until Collin Morrow’s 41-yard TD run with 3:12 left.

After two missed Broncos field goal attempts by Brown, Mahoney continued his superb night with a 5-yard TD run with 4:16 left. Godschall added a 52-yard scoring run with 2:23 to go.