New Hampshire Football Report

Top 10 Games: No. 10

No. 10: Concord 28, Nashua South 26   

This was the season-opening game for each team, and it certainly didn’t lack excitement.

Concord extended its one-point lead on an 8-yard touchdown run from running back Isaac Gladey and Nate Vandersea’s fourth point-after kick with 1:16 to play, but the contest was far from over.

Nashua South put together a five-play, 38-yard scoring drive that was capped by Jaylan Pacheco’s third rushing touchdown of the game. Concord prevented Pacheco from crossing the goal-line on the two-point try, however, leaving the Crimson Tide with a two-point advantage.

South gave itself another chance to pull out the victory when it recovered the onside kick, but Concord defensive back/quarterback Zach Miles came up with an interception that sealed the win.

Concord trailed 14-7 until it scored 14 points during a two-minute span in the third quarter. After Gladey’s 8-yard TD run and the PAT tied the game with 2:35 remaining in the quarter, South fumbled the ball away on the ensuing possession and Concord took advantage when Miles connected with Vandersea for a 51-yard TD pass that helped the Crimson Tide take a 21-14 lead. Miles completed 8 of 12 passes for 192 yards and two TDs in the victory.

South scored in the final minute of the third quarter on Brendon Frost’s 11-yard run, but South’s attempt to take the lead came up short when the Panthers failed on the attempted two-point conversion.

That left Concord with a one-point lead and set up a nail-biting finish.




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