WESTFORD — The Nashoba Tech Vikings started their 2017 season with a bang last Friday night.
The Vikings defeated the Mystic Valley Eagles in a back-and-forth shootout, 52-38, on their new home turf.
The Vikings outscored the Eagles, 46-18, after the opening quarter to earn the victory on opening night.
After a rough start, in which the Eagles took a 20-6 lead by the end of the first quarter, the Vikings threw the ball downfield and ran the ball effectively, and the offense never looked back.
Senior Vinney Eramo led the Vikings’ offense, scoring all six touchdowns, along with four two-point conversions. He was effective as both a passer and a runner, tossing two touchdown passes and running it in for four touchdowns on the ground.
“He’s a lot of fun for a kid who has only been playing quarterback for two years. It’s great to see him play,” said Vikings’ head coach James Creed of Eramo’s terrific performance. “He’s a great student, and that has carried over on the field, where he has picked up a very difficult position to learn on the fly.”
Seniors Brian Robinson and Adam Blouin both played well in the victory. Robinson consistently applied pressure on the opposing quarterback, and Blouin was effective as a run-stopper, helping to reduce the amount of big running plays.
Sophomore Tyler Alden caught two touchdown passes, including the go-ahead touchdown early in the fourth quarter, to rally late on a 16-0 run to win the game for the Vikings.
Eagles senior Phillipe Guerrier led the offense with four passing touchdowns, three of which were caught by senior Hunter Kreis.
The defense stepped it up in the second half, particulary in the fourth quarter as it started to pull away with the game.
“We were clouding No. 33 (Kreis) because he was killing us, he’s a heck of a player, along with No. 4 (Guerrier). We have three sophomores out there in the secondary, and they all stepped up and made some big plays down the stretch,” Creed said of his young defense. “It’s nice to see for the future.”
A late interception by the Vikings defense sealed the game, as the offense bled the time away as Nashoba Tech earned their first victory in the season opener.