Tri-County scored the first and last touchdowns.
In between it was all Nashoba Tech as the Vikings cruised to a 34-12 non-league football victory Saturday afternoon in Franklin.
Senior 205-pound runner Connor Buchmann had a huge day for the Vikings (2-0) as he ran for three touchdowns. Meanwhile, quarterback Murphy Senecal tossed a 40-yard touchdown to Kamari L’Italien and a 46-yard score to Ryan Pannetta.
Trailing 6-0 after one quarter, Buchmann went to work. He scored on a 14-yard run to get the Vikings on the board. He added 50-yard and 5-yard scoring runs in the third quarter as NT led 26-6 entering the fourth. Senecal’s long strike to Pannetta and then Senecal’s two-point rush capped the scoring for the visitors.
Defensively, capt. Anthony DeBenedictis was immense, making tackles all over the field.
Groton-Dunstable 29, Littleton 22 >> Nate Bushnell put on a show as the Crusaders nipped the Tigers in Littleton.
Bushnell ran 27 times for 194 yards and three touchdowns. He scored on runs of 42, 14 and 4 yards. G-D opened the scoring in the second quarter when Brady Henehan scored on a 26-yard punt return. Two touchdowns by Bushnell in the third quarter gave the Crusaders a 22-15 lead heading into the fourth. His last TD sealed the game for the visitors.
G-D’s Zach Romich was 13-for-22 through the air for 94 yards. Defensively, Will Vogel and Derek Leedberg each had three sacks.
Hudson 34, Tyngsboro 6 >> It was a long night under the lights for host Tyngsboro on Friday.
Trailing 34-0 in the final quarter, the Tigers (0-2) got on the board on a long touchdown run. Prior to that it was the Jacob Rudd show for Hudson. Rudd gained 111 yards on only eight carries and scored a touchdown.
Shawsheen 27, Triton 20 >> Sidney Tildsley threw a pair of touchdowns passes, including a back-breaking 64-yard bomb to Ryan Copson in the fourth quarter that broke a 20-20 tie, as Shawsheen soared.
Tildsley went 9-for 22 passing for 247 yards and two touchdowns. He also led the team in rushing with six rushes for 81 yards, including a two-yard end zone scamper 6:54 into the contest.
Holding a 12-0 lead at halftime, Tildsley appeared to seal the win in the third quarter. The Rams’ signal-caller connected with Mavrick Boudreau on a 55-yard strike. Kicker Damien Ortiz added the extra point, giving Shawsheen the 20-0 advantage.
Tilton QB Max Ciaramitaro staged a fourth-quarter comeback that tied the game 20-20 before Tildsley’s TD with 1:57 to play. Boudreau caught two passes for 72 yards. Defensively, Austin Malandrin made eight tackles, seven of them solo.
Chelmsford 48, Lexington 0 >> Junior quarterback Kyle Wilder scored a pair of touchdowns and threw for two more as Chelmsford romped.
The Lions’ signal-caller was 7-for-9 in the air, passing for 113 yards and two touchdowns. He was just as effective on the ground, rushing nine times for 44 yards with two additional strikes. Chelmsford’s offense built a 34-0 lead at halftime and accounted for 315 yards of total offense.
Junior running back Kai Everett rushed for 118-yards and two touchdowns. Senior wide receiver Manny Marshall was a constant threat, catching four passes for 84 yards and two touchdowns. Sophomore Thomas Brown anchored the defense with three sacks and six tackles for a loss.
Auburn 28, North Middlesex 14 >> The Patriots were unable to stop Keating Oliver, who rushed for three touchdowns in the first half.
The Patriots didn’t quit in the second half. Brady Reardon caught a 15-yard touchdown from his brother Michael and then Michael Reardon found Darien Crawford for an 8-yard TD which capped the scoring in the fourth. Jackson Hendley kicked both extra points for North Middlesex.
Dracut 18, Pentucket 14 >> Trailing 14-12 entering the fourth quarter, the Middies tallied the lone touchdown in the final stanza to even their record (1-1) with the home victory.
NHIAA Division 2
Pelham 55, John Stark 14 >> The Pythons rolled out to 35-0 lead after one quarter and cruised in Weare, N.H.
Jake Travis ran three times and all were for touchdowns of 5, 12 and 35 yards. Antonio Furtado picked five extra points in the first quarter and seven overall. Pelham’s TD’s in the first quarter came from Travis, Dom Herrling (8-yard run), Travis again, Connor Travis (26-yard run) and Derek Muise (25-yard fumble return).
The score became 49-0 in the second quarter when Jake Travis ran in from 35 yards out and Alex Carroll scampered 40 yards. Will Nichols led Pelham (3-0) with 70 yards on 10 carries.
Pelham head coach Tom Babaian said, “We played another solid defensive game, and our offense did well both rushing and passing. I was pleased with the field position thanks to the turnovers that our defense was able to generate in addition to the work of our special teams.”
NHIAA Division 1
Pinkerton 42, Alvirne 6 >> Home field advantage meant little as the Broncos were run over by the Astros in Hudson, N.H. Pinkerton led 14-0 after one quarter and 35-0 at halftime in leveling Alvirne (0-3).