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Titans Earn Trip to State Championship Game

Posted Tuesday, November 17, 2009 by Nitin Karkhanis

In yet another first for Nashua North, the Titans earned a trip to the Division 1 State Championship game to play the #1 seed Salem Blue Devils. The game is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 21st, 12 noon, in Salem.

The Titans finished the regular season with an 8 - 1 record. An overtime win against Londonderry produced a first ever playoff berth for the Titans. A road trip to Derry to take on Pinkerton Academy resulted in a 23 - 14 Titan win and a 2nd place finish in the division. This yielded the Titan's highest ever finish and for the 1st time, a home playoff game at Stellos Stadium. The remaining question is would the Titans take advantage of being the #2 seed with a home game against the resurgent Little Green of Manchester Central?

Manchester Central clearly forgot about the 24 - 0 drubbing they faced at the hands of the Titans early in the season. Central went on a 6-game winning streak after that loss and had plenty of momentum going into Sunday's semi-final tilt. Central demonstrated  they were a different team on their first possession by using over 8 minutes and took an early 6 - 0 lead. A blocked PAT by the Titan defense would prove to be critical later in the game.

Although the 1st Titan possession ended in a turnover, North demonstrated they could move the football at will. The 2nd possession yielded a field goal as Anthony Guidice trimmed the Central lead to 6 - 3. Central went on the offensive again with another time-consuming drive and went ahead 12 - 3. Central's 2-point conversion attempt was negated by the swarming Titan defense.

After an exchange of punts, North took possession on their own 30-yard line with about 40 seconds to play. Tom King (of the Nashua Telegraph) seemingly foretold what was about to happen as he described the Titans ability to score in a flash. The Titans proved him right, using 27 of those seconds to go 70 yards and cut the lead to 12 - 10. Our tricky coaches called for the hook and ladder and Anton Marinchik and Andrew Williams executed it to perfection. The play yielded 25 yards and a 1st down just inside the 50-yard line. A toss to Williams gave the Titans another 1st down at the 21-yard line. Dylan Brodeur, North's do-everything-kid, hauled in a pass from fellow QB Brandon Karkhanis with 13 seconds remaining. The quick score turned the momentum in North's favor despite being down 2 points at the half.

The North defense played a terrific second half of football allowing only one score. With Central up 19 - 18 and about 4 minutes left in the game, Central picked up a North turnover in Titan territory. On Central's ensuing possession the North defense forced a turnover as Tim Croteau scooped up the loose ball.

With the ball on the 40 yard line, the Titans needed only 3 plays to score. A successful 2-point conversion gave North a touchdown advantage at 26 - 19.

Guidice sent the ensuing kickoff to one of the up-men to keep the ball away from the dangerous Mike Cavanaugh. Central took over on their 30-yard line with 2 minutes play. Ordinarily, this would have been plenty of time to move the ball upfield. But the Titan defense would have none of it as they forced 3 incomplete passes. On 4th and long, and Central's last play of the game, Williams intercepted a pass to seal the victory.

Those in attendance witnessed an incredible football game and wonderful performance by the Nashua North Titans. Kudos to the defensive unit of Dylan Brodeur, David Duong, Trevor Rancourt, Kevin Rosenberg, Jeff Taylor, Devin Blais, Anton Marinchik, Joel Pacheco, Wilson Pena, Andre Williams, and Chris Anderson.

Click on the link below to see the highlights from the game.


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