BOLTON -- You never know what to expect in the opening game of the football season as teams tend to be working out the kinks and in the midst of finding their identity.

The formula for the success for the Nashoba Regional football team remains the same.

Behind a power running game and a strong defensive effort, the host Chieftains cruised to a 34-0 victory over Groton-Dunstable on Friday night in Bolton.

With the win, Nashoba improved to 1-0, while the visiting Crusaders fell to 0-1.

"I thought we kind of faced some adversity in the first quarter with the fumble and we also had trouble moving the ball," said Nashoba Regional head coach Jamie Tucker. "I always tell the kids that you are going to face a little bit of adversity at some point, and that's good for you early in the year. We overcame it and made some plays when we needed to."

Following a three-and-out on the Crusaders' opening possession, Nashoba wasted no time taking control as it took the hosts just six plays to cover 60 yards. The drive was capped off when senior Kyle Hume (11 carries, 64 yards, TD) took a sweep and sprinted 30 yards for a touchdown. The extra point was no good and the Chieftains held a 6-0 lead with 8:17 left in the opening quarter.

"Kyle is a fantastic player," Tucker said. "He has been starting on defense for us since his sophomore year and we have gotten him in there on offense more and more each year.


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He is downhill runner who is pretty quick for a kid who is 225 pounds. He was big tonight for us."

Just before the half, the Chieftains struck again. The big play on this drive came on the team's first play from scrimmage when junior quarterback Sam Bolinsky hit senior Breese Hill on a 69-yard pass play. Bolinsky capped off this drive when he sprinted in from 11 yards out. Bolinsky connected with Bennett MacGregor on the conversion attempt as Nashoba held a 14-0 halftime lead.

The hosts found the end zone again with 5:52 left in the third quarter when Bolinsky scored his second touchdown of the night, plunging in from a yard out. Aidan Gross booted through the extra point to push the Chieftain lead to 21-0.

On Groton-Dunstable's next possession, the Nashoba defense took center stage as Hill made a splendid fingertip interception and returned the ball all the way to the Crusaders' 28-yard line. On fourth-and-5, junior Alex Childs broke through the line and sprinted in from 23 yards out to give the Chieftains a 27-0 lead after an unsuccessful extra point attempt.

Brian Sabourin added Nashoba's last touchdown when he scored on a 3-yard run. Gross booted through the extra point to make the score 34-0 with 4:02 left in the game.

Groton-Dunstable was led by senior Shamus Gelinas, who picked up 60 yards on 19 carries.