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The Nashua PAL Force football teams played their season openers recently, taking the game field for the first time since the end of the 2019 season.
Both Flag teams came away victorious. Nashua 9U defeated Plymouth 31-0, 10U bested Pelham with a score of 33-0; 11U had a hard-fought loss against Pelham, 22-0.
Also, the 12U team defeated Windham 32-0. The 13U squad walked away with a 26-0 win over Pelham.
The rain didn’t stop the Nashua PAL 10U Football team from having a big win over the Windham Wolverines as a great all-around defensive effort from Nashua held the Wolverines scoreless.
The defense was led by fumble recoveries from Luke Graven and Aiden Drew, as well as big tackles from Walter Cotito Dolloff, Amar’e Harrison, Daunte Sisay, and Julian Lopez.
The offensive line did an outstanding job making holes for touchdowns by Xavier Maldonado, Leo Desfosses, Jace Gallego, and Daunte Sisay. Xavier Maldonado also made his first two-point after a touchdown kick of the season.
The first half vs. the Pelham Razorbacks was filled with many solid runs for both teams, and equally big stops. Eli Gagnon, Deondre Sisay, Yandel Velazquez, and Jacob Smith all had carries for positive yardage after clean and precise handoffs from QB Drew Homsy. Grant Leonardi, Anthony Samarel, J.J. Velazquez, and Edward Gonzalez put on a show with hard hits and solid tackles.
The second half proved to be comparable to the first half highlights, including a kick off recovery by Aliyah Brunet. Isiah Pimentel had a successful strip tackle early in the second half, earning his team back the ball. Later in the half, Gustavo Baldon, Eli Gagnon and Mason Clark had several big tackles and the team worked together to try their best to stop the Razorbacks from further touchdowns.
However, Nashua was unable to answer the 20 points the Pelham Razorbacks put up on the board by the end of the game.
NASHUA 12 U
The 2021 journey began for coach Tom Flynn’s 12U Nashua squad with their 32-0 victory in a driving rainstorm against the Windham Wolverines.
A balanced running attack led by Jordan Toribio, Josiah Spleen, Trevor Drouin and Dharyus Sisay, kept a stout Windham defense on its heels all afternoon. Rushing touchdowns by Toribio, Sisay and Ashton Carrion helped solidify the victory.
The offensive line put forth an amazing effort anchored by Nick Acevedo, Shawn Burris, Sebastian Simoneau, Paul O’Brien, Vincent Valenta and Diones Delacruz. Outstanding downfield blocking by Adamze Mansaray helped spring one touchdown for the Force.
Kayden Geddes was a shutdown Corner on defense, Levi Mitchell played solid at Linebacker and Connor Page added a pick six in the second half to keep the Force ahead to stay.
Page added a PAT worth two points and kept the Wolverine offense pinned deep with several outstanding kickoffs.
Nashua 13U came through with the first win of the season, 26-0, as during the first half some runs were gained by Jayden Beaulieu, Noah Smith, Jake Homsy and Kobe Perry.
The first TD of the game came from Jack Krulikowski with the extra point coming from Jayden Beaulieu.
Defensively Ben Spicer, Ian Leonardi, Kobe Perry, and Nick Jurczak all tackled well.
Key plays: Kaleb Letendre with a sack and Ben Spicer with a fumble recovery.
The second half defense came out strong with tackles by James Nydam, Xavier Merisca, Jack Krulikowski, Aden Pimentel and Kobie Andino.
Yards were gained with QB throws from Dylan Noble to Connor Johnston, Jack Krulikowski, and Kobie Andino
Deflections came from Ryan Butler
Blocks: Aivan Garcia, Alex Sebastian, and Brady Borromeo.
A major play of the second half was a pick six by Kobe Perry, with sacks by Connor Johnston, Nick Jurczak and Kobie Andino. The final key play was Noble with an interception in the end zone.