By Chris Paul
After a slow first half start for the offense in Nashua on Friday night, the Londonderry High School Football was able to chalk up four touchdowns in the second half last week for the Lancers fifth win of the season.
Coming off two close outcomes in the past two weeks, the Lancers was able to put up 31-points against Nashua North and allow just one touchdown to easily move past the 3-2 NNHS squad for a 31-7 victory.
After having to settle for a field goal made by junior kicker Blake Thompson in Londonderry’s second drive of the game, the Nashua defense kept the Lancers in check for the remainder of the half, leaving the team’s defense to keep them in the game.
Things were far different in the second half, with Londonderry scoring on the ground three times and through the air on another.
In the third quarter, the Titans took a 7-3 lead on an interception at the 32-yard line that led to the teams only seven-points of the game.
The Lancers first touchdown came at 3:21 in the third, when junior quarterback Sam Ogden handed off to running back Carson Palma for a five-yard gain into the endzone. Thompson’s first attempt at the extra point is missed for a 9-7 Lancer lead.
Touchdown number two came with just three-seconds left in the quarter, junior QB, Alex Villa completed a pass to junior Mason Paquette for a 25-yard gain into the endzone. Blake Thompson followed that up with a three-yard carry for a two-point conversion, giving LHS a 17-7 lead.
Londonderry was able to get two more running TD’s in the final to solidify the win.
First, at 4:24, Villa handed off to junior running back Damon Dawson for a six-yard carry and three-yard gain into the endzone.
Two minutes later, senior quarterback, Conor Williams, ran the ball in from the 16-yard line for the team’s final touchdown.
Thompson had success in his final two point-after attempts for the 31-7 finish.
The Londonderry defense allowed just seven first downs and only gave up three-yards on the ground in the game.
The Lancers accrued 392-yards in offense and gave up just 74-yards.
Ogden led the team in rushing again this week with 90-yards. Senior QB Cam Brutus was just three behind Ogden, with 87-yards rushing in seven attempts.
Paquette had 43 receiving yards, to lead the Lancers in receptions. Senior Jake Schena finished with 39-yards on two receptions.
The defense had 36 sacks in the game with senior Ty Parsons leading the team by tallying eight solo sacks. Brutus finished with five sacks. There were a total of 15 LHS players with sacks in the game.
The 5-1 Lancers will now head home, after three consecutive road games, for a Friday night, Oct. 13, game against the Exeter Blue Hawks, starting at 7:00 p.m.
Exeter had had also beat Nashua North 31-7 earlier in the season and have a 4-1 conference record.