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A shutout hat trick for Nashua PAL Force teams

By Tom King - Sports Writer | Oct 8, 2022

NASHUA – The Nashua PAL Force youth football program enjoyed not one but three shutouts of Salem recently.



The 10U Nashua PAL Force team improved its record to 3-1, not allowing any points since the season opener.

The defensive unit has been led by Xavier Maldonado, who had multiple tackles last week. James Dinardi also recorded sacks. Silas Ray-Coleman has been a defensive force with multiple key tackles. Colton Richard added a fumble recovery.

Daunte Sisay and Kam Lewis were solid defensively with numerous tackles and Boden Pearson and Ethan Vargas shut down the Salem air attack.

Nashua’s offense was led by Maldonado and Sisay, who both scored multiple touchdowns, and Boden Pearson came through with a kick-return touchdown.  Adam Collier also had a big day running the football.

Honorable mentions that led to this team win go to Felipe Maldonado, Dawson Dohaney, Anthony Perez, Aiden Borbeau, Gabriel Garcia, Donn Mann, James DiNardi, Davis Johnson, Kobe Ray-Coleman, Christian Williams, Levi Dabney, Gabriel Silva, Myles Libby, Anthony Lazo and Franke Peralta.

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Defensively, the Force was led by Eli Gagnon with eight tackles, three for a loss, and a fumble recovery. Exandell Ortiz-Ayala also had a fumble recovery. JJ Velazquez, Mason Clark, Drew Homsy, Isiah Santiago Rodrigues, Anthony Samarel and Andrew Butler all contributed with multiple tackles.

Yandell Velazquez had a timely interception in the second half.

The offense played well as Jacob Griffin put up 215 passing yards, four touchdown passes, a touchdown run, and a PAT

Deion Sisay had four receptions, 131 all-purpose yards and two touchdown receptions. Yandell Velazquez had four receptions, 108 all-purpose yards and a touchdown reception while Ricky McKenzie had two receptions for 24 yards and a touchdown. Drew Homsy contributed with a conversion run. Brendan Butler and Kevin King also got in the action with solid runs.

In addition, Grant Leonardi had a forced fumble and anchored the offensive line at the center position. Lucas Irwin set the Force up with excellent field position by kicking the ball deep into Ram territory throughout the game.

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Jordan Toribio and the Nashua PAL Force 13U proved to be too tough to handle as Toribio pounded out three TD runs Toribio added a pick six and led a spirited defensive unit

Connor Mazzaglia sprinted left on a bootleg to close out the scoring for the Force. He had several strong runs, tackles on defense and his field presence impacted all three phases of the game.

Shawn Burrus added two successful kicks for four points on PATs.

Nick Acevedo and David Lago also played well, blocking and tackling.

The Nashua PAL shutout streak was kept intact as Cody Rochette made a touchdown saving tackle on a kickoff.

Nashua had to adjust some things, especially up front, due to players who were out. Aivan Garcia played well filling in at center, while Bishop Kearns did the same moving from center to guard. Trevor Drouin also blocked well to create long runs while back Armari Mills played did a good job on both sides of the ball.

Cameron Bonet set the edge with several tackles for loss and took a Mazzaglia pass in the flat, put forth a strong stiff arm and rambled for 25 yards in the second half. Josiah Spleen patrolled the opposite edge and disrupted several Salem plays.

PAL cornerback Tyson Hoang dominated play, and also did a good job kicking.

Spirited efforts were put forth on both sides of the ball by Force players Jayden MacInnis, Vincenzo Valenta, Ben Michels, Tyler Venezia, Diones DelaCruz, Logan Coleman and Paul O’Brien.

The PAL 13U team resume the season this weekend at Stellos Stadium against the Wolverines of Windham.


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