Eighth grade Crusaders triumph
The eighth grade Nashua Elks Crusaders stunned the 3-1 Goffstown Eagles with a recent 27-12 victory at Stellos Stadium.
The Crusader offense was led by three touchdowns by Ben Levine, who received great blocking from Colby Martel, Prudhvi Siddabathula, Charlie Collins, Nate Zalzal, Kalique Jones, Kyle O’Connor and Braden McDonnell.
Also, Crusader backs Zach Gauthier, Joe Buturla, Adam Akel and Zakary Hureau ran and blocked well. Crusaders Brad Deitrich, Kyle Salemi, Mark Case and Zakary Berthiaume created matchup problems all day for the Eagles.
Defensively, the Crusaders created three Eagles fumbles.The defensive line was led by Cody Cargill, Reuben De Jesus, Alex Swisher, O’Connor and Siddabathula. Defensive ends Buturla and Martel played well while the secondary led by Hureau, Gauthier, Salemi and Levine helped shut down Goffstown.
The Crusaders linebackers Colin Keavey, Akel, Jones and McDonnell forced two Eagles fumbles, as Buturla stripped the ball and returned 65 yards for a touchdown to seal the victory.
The Crusaders are now 2-3 and look to even their record against Manchester South on Sunday.
Tough loss for Force fifth graders
The Nashua Pal Force Fifth Grade suffered a hard-fought 25-6 loss at the hands of the Concord Capitols.
It was tied 6-6 at the half, Nashua’s lone score by Amaury Almonte.
QB Patrick Keegan threw well while Charlie Bellavance, Jack Peters, and Ryan Flynn continued to gain yards running through a tough Concord defense.
Derek Finlay had several carries as well as a spectacular break-up of a Capitol pass play in the end zone.
Also competing well on offense were Reagan Brunet, Ethan Preston-Teixeira, Dario McAnespie, Bryson Borromeo, Zach Connerty, Adam Noone, and Andrew Wallace.
Demitriz Sanchez, Toby Brown, Reid Lavoie, Lola Cambray, Brady Sullivan, Xavier Jalbert, Kayleen O’Day, Xavier Francis and Mekhi Gerrin all played well defensively for Nashua.
Seventh graders win for PAL Force
Unbeaten visiting Nashua ripped Salem 20-0 to improve to 5-0 as Julian Gonzalez had a 15 yd touchdown run, Robbie Long had an 18-yard score and Travis Holbrook added a 10-yard TD.
Spencer Whiting, Brian Alyward, Max Ackerman, and Anthony Carrion all blocked well, as did Joseph Risteen, Aaron Roche, Corey O’Day, Julian Henry, Jacob Sansoucie, and Jessie Nijuguna., That opened some holes for backs Neo Helin, Chris Acevedo and Drew Fleury.
Defensively, Jayden Espinal,l Ackerman, Eddie Bracetty, Xavier Provost, Travis Holbrook, Brian Alyward, Carrion, Andrew Curtin, Justin Edwards, Devon Bracetty all tackled well. Carrion also had a key fumble recovery while Curtin had a 35-yard interception return.
PAL third graders win
Nashua’s Jayce Cora and Cameron Silva helped the Force move the football against the Keene Knights, while Silva and Ian Gillis played well early defensively.
Logan Briggs added an early sack which helped lead to a Luke Peters TD. Jake Homsy, Adyn Prowker, and Kobe Perry turned up the notch defensively in the second period, while Ryder Clancy stripped the ball, returning it to the 1. That set up Luke Peters’ TD run with Clancy added the PAT.
Peters scored Nashua’s third TD (Cameron Silva extra point). Linc Vanderhorst, Christopher Beaudion, and Clancy gained first downs to help set up a Jayce Kora TD for the PAL Force’s final score.
HB Jr. Cavs Varsity improves to 3-1
HB’s AJ Johnson’s interception early in the game helped set up Ben Goolsby’s 30-yard TD run and ignite a 40-0 win for the locals,now 3-1 on the year.
Goolby got key blocks from Quinten Wimmer, Quinn Connors, Salvatore Fabbio, and Kyle Manley. Quinten Wimmer converted the conversion to put the Cavs on the board up 8-0.
At the end of the first quarter, Cavaliers Adam Slater and John Rutledge recovered a fumble to set up a Sander Wimmer touchdown pass to Henri Boudreau and A.J. Johnson scored the two point conversion.
Wimmer added a TD with Johnson successfully making the conversion. Meanwhile, Alex Lee had a key special teams tackle and later Wimmer found Goolsby for a 29 yard score. A Wimmer TD run (Delaney conversion) ended the scoring.
Monadnock 36, HB Jr. Cavs JV 20
The HB Jr. Cavs JV team saw a 20-18 lead third quarter lead evaporate, despite rallying from 6-0 and 12-8 deficits.
HB led led 8-6 after a first quarter Marc-Andre Thermitus’ 80 yard TD run and Jack Delaney’s two point conversion.
Cavs Conor Ramage and Teddy Moscatelli came up with a big stop on a Monadnock two-point conversion attempt, and a fumble recovery set up
a Marc-Andre Thermitus 55-yard run (blocks by Jack Duquette and Avery Gillespie) and a key first down run by QB Wyatt Bingham.
After a fumble exchange, Thermitus scored to give the Jr. Cavs a 14-12 lead.
Windham tops HB U11
An outmanned Cavalier team struggled at first defensively and then improved as the game went on.
The Cavs’ defense got help the HB offense with multiple advances by receivers Jason Bryant and Harrison Migneault.
The game’s highlight was late in the fourth quarter, Noah Moyer’s big first down run. HB is at Laconia on Sunday.