NHIAA Football: Central rides punt return to edge North
Manchester Central's Marcus Joseph, right, is congratulated by quarterback Kyle Regan after scoring a touchdown during the second quarter of Friday night's Division I game against Nashua North at Gill Stadium. (JOSH GIBNEY/UNION LEADER)
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MANCHESTER — On a night Manchester Central needed some offense, took matters into his own hands on a punt return.
Central's senior captain bolted 52 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter, giving Central just enough cushion to defeat Nashua North, 13-10, at Gill Stadium Friday night.
It wasn't the greatest night of execution for Central, which improved to 3-1 overall and 2-1 in Division I. Yes, the Little Green moved the ball, but they also failed to capitalize on several impressive drives. They went to the locker room at halftime with only a 7-0 lead despite churning out nearly 200 yards in offense in the first half.
On the first play of the second quarter, Riley Cote passed to Marcus Joseph to put Central on the scoreboard. Joseph made the reception behind Nashua North's linebackers and raced up the middle of the field for a 40-yard score.
Pelletier used some excellent blocking to break free late in the third quarter. The touchdown on special teams gave Central a 13-0 lead, but Nashua North answered with a pair of scores. Senior Kyle Regan booted a 39-yard field goal with 9:27 remaining, and then following a defensive stop, the Titans scored again on a 47-yard touchdown pass from QB Colby Gunter to Regan with 4:00 left.
Central, however, held off the Titans, who dropped to 2-2 overall (1-2, Div. I).
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