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NHIAA Football: Central stops Concord on two-point conversion, wins

New Hampshire Union Leader

September 22. 2017 11:07PM

MANCHESTER — Three halts meant everything to the Manchester Central football team in a 28-26 victory over Concord on Friday at Gill Stadium. On the biggest stop, Central forced an incomplete pass on an attempted two-point conversion with 2:24 left in the ballgame, sealing the deal.

The Little Green (3-1) also forced a turnover on downs in the third quarter while up one score and with the Crimson Tide in the red zone. A forced fumble on their own 2-yard line in the closing minutes of the second quarter also helped Central.

The passing game continued to be a strength for the Little Green, who got 406 yards and three passing touchdowns from quarterback Alex Hawkom. The game was knotted 14-14 at halftime before Central’s aerial assault took over. The Little Green got the only lead it needed with 4:55 left in the third on a 33-yard TD connection between Hawkom and Jeremy Chandler. Concord nearly tied on a Seth Malachi rushing score, but Central’s Justice Brady blocked the point-after attempt to keep Central up 21-20. Hawkom then orchestrated another drive through the air that eventually produced a Jeremyah Rivera 3-yard touchdown run that capped Central’s night.

Chandler reeled in two touchdowns and 111 yards receiving while McHale Nmama added an 18-yard TD catch. Four Central receivers came away with at least 60 yards, including Rivera’s 136 yards receiving to go along with 64 yards on the ground.

Concord (0-4) played ahead for much of the first half, starting with the game’s opening score 42 seconds into the contest. Isaac Gladey started things for the Crimson Tide with a 2-yard rushing score, which was set up by a 36-yard pass from Zach Miles to Jake Knowles on the first play from scrimmage.

After Central made it 7-6 with Nmama’s receiving TD, Concord extended its edge back out on Miles’ 5-yard TD pass to Spencer Burgess. Miles 1-yard keeper in the fourth quarter capped Concord’s scoring.

Gladey proved to be the standout for Concord with 140 yards rushing and his touchdown.

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