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Nashoba now has longest winning streak

Twenty-six is the magic number.

With Duxbury losing to Mansfield Tuesday, the longest winning streak in Massachusetts belongs to Nashoba. The defending champion Chieftains (12-0) will bring their 25-game streak into Gillette Saturday as they take on Shepherd Hill in the Central Mass. Division 2 title game at 11 a.m.

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“It’s a great venue, and we’re looking forward to it,” said Nashoba coach Ken Tucker. “It will be great for the kids, a great experience for them. It doesn’t matter who we play. We knew coming into this tournament that all four teams were good football teams and we’d have to play our best to win it.”

Nashoba quarterback Jack Sarnoski threw two touchdowns Tuesday to lift the Chieftains to a 21-0 shutout of Holy Name. Saturday will be the third consecutive Super Bowl appearance for the Chieftains.

“From the time we walked off the field last year at Fitchburg State, for this senior class — juniors then — getting back to the Super Bowl was their dream, and that’s what they wanted to accomplish,” Tucker said.

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South Hadley (9-2) will also be looking for its second title in three years as the Tigers take on Wahconah (8-3) at 6 p.m. in the Western Mass. Division 2 Super Bowl. Behind Lane Grogan’s three touchdowns, the Warriors blanked Hoosac Valley, 22-0, in the semifinals. South Hadley defeated Commerce, 28-8, to book its trip to Foxborough.

ANDY DEOSSA

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