BOLTON, Mass. -– Nashoba running back John Ojukwu was a man on a mission on Friday night as the senior scored all five of the Chieftain’s touchdowns in a 33-8 victory over Holy Name (2-2).
"It was a great team performance and an outstanding individual one, obviously, for John Ojukwu," Nashoba head coach Ken Tucker said. “We just wanted to get him the ball and we did tonight, and he just did the rest.” He probably told you he had some good blocking, but there were a couple of times he did some things on his own.”
Nashoba (4-0) received an All-State effort on the evening from Ojukwu, who ran for 270 yards on only 11 carries on the evening. With Nashoba leading big at the half in their prior three wins Ojukwu had only 250 yards and six touchdowns on 17 carries coming into the game.
Holy Name also went to battle with one of the State’s top backs in senior Quron Wright. Wright did his part for the Naps as he ran for 251 yards on 32 carries and one touchdown. The meeting of two of the top backs was not lost on Ojukwu, who used the match-up as motivation for his performance.
“That made me want to work harder,” said Ojukwu of the match-up with Wright. ”I rested up my injuries and came out here ready to play.”
Ojukwu exploded for three first half touchdowns to pace the Chieftains early as they took a 20-0 lead in to the half. Ojukwu scored on runs of 15, 13 and 83 in the opening half.
“It was not all me,” Ojukwu said. “It was a team effort. I may have scored all the touchdowns but the team won.”
Nashoba did an equally impressive job defensively in the opening half as they forced two first quarter fumbles that they recovered in Holy Name territory.
“We have some very talented players on defense with Zach Hume and Jack Sarnoski,” Tucker said. “He (Sarnoski) is probably the least know, excellent linebacker in Central Massachusetts, if not the state. Frankie Chiodo also played a very good game and so did Paul Louissant. We kept rotating those guys in there. The linebackers are really the key.”
Holy Name came out of the second half with a renewed focus as they stopped Nashoba, three-and-out, on the opening drive of the half. The Naps followed that stop with a 12 play, 67-yard drive capped off by a Wright 4-yard touchdown. Wright would also add the 2-point conversuon to cut the lead to 20-8 with 2:11 remainig in the third quarter.
It would not take long for Nashoba to respond as Ojukwu busted a 57-yard touchdown run, less than a minute later, to extend the lead to 28-6 heading into the final quarter of play. After Nashoba stopped Holy Name to on a fourth down play Ojukwu would put the game to rest as he ran 55 yards for his fifth and final touchdown.
Nashoba also received a strong effort defensively from defensive back Brady Schartner, who was in on both Holy Name first quarter fumbles.
The road ahead: The Chieftains have now outscored their opponents by a total score of 160-32 in their first four games. They host Marlborough and Clinton in their next two games before hitting the road on October 20 to take on Westborough.
Holy Name will stay on the road for their next two contests against Doherty and Milford before heading home on October 20 to take on Gardner.
“Give them credit,” Tucker said of Holy Name. “They are easily the toughest team we have played this year.”
Nashoba defeated Holy Name in the 2011 Central Massachusetts Division 2 Super Bowl 27-0.
“I would not be surprised if we see them again,” Tucker concluded.
NASHOBA 33, HOLY NAME 8
NAS (4-0) 14 6 6 7 --- 33
HON (2-2) 0 0 8 0 --- 8
N – John Ojukwu 15 run (Drew Korn kick)
N - Ojukwu 13 run (Korn kick)
N - Ojukwu 83 run (kick failed)
H – Quron Wright 4 run (Wright run)
N – Ojukwu 57 run (rush failed)
N – Ojukwu 55 run (Korn kick)