Nashua PAL Force opens football season with multiple wins
Fifth-grade: PAL Force 33,
Bedford Jaguars 0
The Nashua Pal Force fifth-graders were fired up for their season-opening game against the Bedford Jaguars on Aug. 23, starting things off with a solid kick off by Andrew Wallace and thrilling touchdowns by Amaury Almonte and Derek Finlay en route to a 33-0 victory.
An impressive interception by Patrick Keegan and brick-wall blocking by Reid Lavoie, Lola Cambray and Mekhi Gerrin ensured the Force domination of the first quarter.
Nashua continued to control the second quarter with powerhouse tackles by Demitriz Sanchez, Xavier Francis and Mirolqui Tavarez. Stellar sacks by Jack Peters and Toby Brown shut down the Jaguar drives. Exciting touchdowns by Ryan Flynn and Rashaan Alexis with assistance by Xavier Jalbert fortified Nashua’s lead. Bryson Borromeo’s interception, Kayleen O’Day’s QB command, and a fumble recovery by Brady Sullivan were highlights of an outstanding first half.
Action in the game’s second half included a notable touchdown by Toby Brown, and an interception by Ryan Flynn.
Charlie Bellavance racked up the tackles and drives while Preston Thompson, Dario McAnespie, and Ethan Preston-Teixeira solidified the forceful defense and stopped the Jaquars in their tracks.
Fourth-grade: PAL Force 26, Elks Crusaders 0
The Nashua PAL Force started the game with a 30-yard return by Kaleb Milano, setting themselves up with great field position and strong momentum, which they kept up throughout the entire game en route to a 26-0 over the host Nashua Elks Crusaders at Stellos Stadium.
PAL’s offense pushed tirelessly and continuously through the Elk’s defensive line, never giving up. The strong effort yielded two touchdowns in the first half, both by Milano, and one of two extra points run in by John Barry.
PAL’s defense held controlled the line, protecting the end zone, and preventing the Elks from scoring a single touchdown throughout the game.
PAL held a 13-0 lead at halftime and added to it in the second half.
Kicking off to open the third quarter, PAL’s Trevor Rivard forced a fumble to regain possession and get PAL’s offense back on the field right away. Milano scored two more touchdowns in the second half, one on an interception he returned 45 yards to paydirt. Barry also ran in his second extra point of the game.
PAL’s offense was led by quarterbacks Gavin Flynn and Anthony Cherbonneau, while the defense was led by Damon Clark and Rivard, whose combined efforts resulted in 12 tackles and six sacks.
Eighth-grade: PAL Force 32, Elks Crusaders 13
The Nashua PAL Force football team pulled away from its rival Nashua Elks Crusaders for a season-opening 32-13 eighth-grade victory.
It was a close game through three quarters, as the Force was holding on to a 14-12 lead before two interceptions helped lead to scores to break the game open in the fourth quarter.
Early on, Nashua PAL Force went up 7-0 on their first drive, despite Prudhvi Siddabathula, Nate Zalzal and Joey Buturla’s aggressive tackling.
The Crusaders lost possession on the ensuing kickoff when the Force recovered a fumble, but led by the tackling of Kyle O’Connor the Crusaders held.
Zakary Hureau had two consecutive runs for over 10 yards, but a long PAL TD run made it 14-0 after one quarter despite the defense of Crusader Braden McDonnell.
The Crusaders got on the board with QB Ben Levine’s TD run and the defense of Buturla, Kalique Jones, Levine, McDonnell, and Cody Cargill kept it a 14-6 game at halftime.
In the third quarter, the Crusaders put together two big drives down field with runs by Hureau, Buturla and Levine simply to be blanked by the Forces’ defensive line.
A fumble recovery by the Crusaders’ Ryan Rutstein and the running of Zach Gauthier and Hureau led to the Crusaders’ second score to make it 14-12 after three quarters.
The Crusaders would turn the ball over two times in fourth quarter. Both interceptions led to touch downs giving the Force their first win of the season 32-13.
Flag: PAL Force Yellow 5,
Concord Capitols 3
Touchdowns by Evan Linscott, Savannah Preston-Teixeira and Alex Sebastian led the Nashua PAL Force Yellow to a 5-3 win over the Concord Capitols in Laconia.
Force Yellow received stellar offensive and defensive play from Aaron Desrosiers, Kaden Cruz, Victor Lavoie, Paul O’Brien, Ethan Perez, Ian Leonardi, Alia Brunet, David Bouchard and Yandel Velazquez.
Flag: PAL Force Blue 5,
Concord Capitols 0
PAL Force Blue received strong play from Deinodre Sisay, Grant Leonardi, David Theriault-Lago, Josiah Spleen, CamRon Pena, Avri Ferro-Lavoie and Ben Murray in a decisive 5-0 victory over the Concord Capitols in Laconia.
PAL Blue got touchdowns from Asiah Bugg, Tayten Zubhuza, Dharyus Sisay, Dylan Wardner and Kingston Patten.
Third-grade: PAL Force
opens in Bedford
Jake Homsy opened the game with a great kickoff. Warren Farley quickly recovered the ball, opening the way for Luke Peters to give a hand off to Jayce Cora for the first touchdown of the season.
The powerful tackles of Ian Gillis and Aivan Garcia stopped Bedford from meeting the line of scrimmage. Adyn Prowker, Ryder Clancy, Jayce Cora, Logan Briggs, Brady Borromeo, Christopher Beaudion, Linc Vanderhorst and Alexander Paquin also chipped in with strong performances in the season opener.
Nashua Fall Babe Ruth
The Nashua Parks & Recreation Department will be sponsoring a Fall Babe Ruth Baseball Program starting in September.
All current Babe Ruth players age 13 and 14 are eligible to play. There will be practices during the week and games on the weekend. The cost is $20. Registration forms are available on line at gonashua.com or in the Parks & Recreation Office in Greeley Park on 100 Concord St.
Merrimack Youth Baseball elections set for Thursday
Merrimack Youth Baseball will hold its annual meeting and election at 7 p.m. Sept. 3 at the MYA Building. All are welcome to attend the annual state of the program address.
There will also be board member elections for the following positions: president, vice president, secretary, and three player representatives.
Anyone interested in running for any of these positions should contact MYB President John Blades (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Don Eckert at email@example.com.
For more information, visit www.myabaseball.com.
Nashua Elks Crusaders
The Nashua Elks Crusaders, a non-profit youth football and cheer organization, is seeking help from the community in purchasing new equipment and uniforms.
Donations can be made to Nashua Crusaders P.O. Box 7248 Nashua, NH 03063. Also, for more information on sponsorship opportunities, email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.