Crusaders 8th-graders shut out Man. West on gridiron
8th Grade: Crusaders 28,
Manchester West 0
The Nashua Crusaders Eighth grade football team came back strong after a first week loss with a resounding victory, led by a solid offensive running game.
Zack Gauthier rushed for two touch downs and two extra points, while quarterback Ben Levine and Zakary Hereau each scored on red zone runs.
The offensive line was keyed by center Nate Zalzal, Kalique Jones, Braden McDonnell, Colin Keavey, Prudhvi Siddabathula, Charlie Collins, Zack Berthiaume and Kyle Salemi.
Crusader back Joey Buturla also ran well, while w receivers Brad Deitrich, Avery Taylor and Kyle O’Connor kept Manchester busy deep.
O’Conner and Levine connected on a 20 yard pass late in the game setting up the final TD.
Meanwhile, the Crusaders defense pitched the shuout with big tackles by Ryan Rustein, Adam Akel and Colby Martel.
Tackle Ruben DeJesus and Alex Swisher limited Manchester’s rushing yards while Peter D’Ortona’s positional defensive game was a key on the outside.
Crusaders tackle Stone Foley caused a fumble, which was recovered by Martel to set up the third TD of the game.
Force tops Londonderry
The Nashua Third Grad PAL Force team enjoyed an emotional win over Londonderry in the wake of the recent death of player Michael Neacy’s father, coach Jeremy Bakaian.
Neacy held hands with his team mates as he walked out onto the field for the coin toss in tribute to his father.
Kendric Petravic, Aivan Garcia, David Bedard, Warren Farley, Benjamin Kelly, and Logan Briggs played well on defense, making it easy for Luke Peters to score the first touchdown.
Jayce Kora gained an extra point running it in with a right side sweep. Logan Briggs blocked well in the second quarter, and the Force was aided by the tackling of Ian Gillis, Adrian Cruz, Patrick Zelanes, and Ryder Clancy.
Christopher Beaudion ran for a key first down while Jayce Kora shook off five attempted tackles to score the next TD.
Jayden Turcott, Jack Krulikowski, and Adyn Prowker were strong with their tackles before Kora cored again with Peters adding the extra point.
The final touchdown was scored by Peters at the 41 yard mark with Kora earning an extra point.
Nashua’s next game is on Sept. 13 at Milford.
Londonderry 30, Force 0
The PAL Force Grade Four team was blanked 30-0 by the Londonderry Wildcats. The Nashua roster included:
Adrian Lazo, Anthony Cherbonneau, Danuel Morales, Devin McNeil, Devin Giroux, Dylan Boutchia, Elijah Simard, John Forcier, Michael Reyes, Steven Rosario, Damon Clark, Gavin Flynn, John Barry, Trevor Rivard, Zachary Wiggett, and our game captains, Kaleb Milano, Evan Taylor, Tyler Madeira, and Zachary Samarel.
The team’s next game won’t be until Sunday, Sept. 20 at home vs. Goffstown.
Londonderry 8, Force 0
Londonderry prevailed over the PAL Grade 5 team 8-0 last weekend in a game that was scoreless through the first half.
In the first half Brady Sullivan, Lola Cambray, Mekhi Gerrin, and Demitriz Sanchez played well on the line
Mirolqui Taverez and Reid Lavoie broke through to Londonderry’s backfield several times while Toby Brown and Charlie Bellavance pushed the Wildcats back for lost yards.
Nicholas Digesse and Xavier Francis tackled well and Ryan Flynn blocked well. Also, Xavier Jalbert played well at center while Amaury Almonte had a key interception.
Jack Peters ran the ball well while kicker Derek Finlay played well on kickoffs and punts. Andrew Wallace also played well on special teams.
Ethan Preston-Teixeira and Bryson Borrowmeo both recovered Wildcat fumbles while Patrick Keegan’s completed pass under pressure to Finlay kept hope alive for a late game comeback.
Kayleen O’Day, Ryan Flynn, and Preston Thompson played well defensively and Zach Connerty had a stop on a Londonderry extra point attempt.
Also, Rashaan Alexis racked up several first downs while Dario McAnespie and Adam Noone played well up front.
Londonderry 12, Force 6
Dylan Homsy had a key tackle early, as did Evan Soares and Matt Oliver, .Zaedan Crocker, Ryan Bourgeois and Dylan Homsy.
Londonderry attempted some pass plays that failed due to strong coverage by Force’s Conor Ross and Oliver, while Soares had a big third down sack.
Homsy ran 20 yards on PAL’s first play followed by a 5-yard Ross run.
Keyshawn Bugg had a catch-and-run of 40 yards to start the second quarter for the first TD of the game. Zach Howard had a big tackle on the ensuing kickoff while the PAL defense,led by Zach Sheran, Jessy Allen and Rocco Ciardi and Crocker played well.
Londonderry later scored a TD, however, before the end of the first half.
During the second half, Force and Londonderry continued to go back and forth. Howard made an incredible dive deflection on a pass play, while Liam Finn had several key tackles.Tyzon Wong played well offensively but Londonderry eventually broke the tie with a second score.
The Force plays next on Sept. 13 at the Windham Wolverines.
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.
Nashua Park-Rec Bruins trip
The Nashua Park-Recreation Department will sponsor a trip to watch the Boston Bruins-Ottawa Senators NHL game at the TD Garden at 7 p.m. Dec. 29.
There are only 35 tickets available. Cost is $135 per person and includes a coach bus ride. The bus will leave Greeley Park at 4 p.m. All seats are in the balcony section 326.
All public trips require a $30 non-refundable deposit per person. For information, call the Nashua Parks Recreation Dept. at 589-3370.
Those interested can also register in person at the Park-Rec office in Greeley Park, 1000 Concord St.
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.