Nashoba Regional’s defense has been the story this season.

And it will be on display Friday night at Shrewsbury in a nonconference clash at 7 p.m.

Shrewsbury (6-1, 3-0 Mid-Wach A) is coming off of a win at Westborough.

On Oct. 20, the Chieftains threw their third straight shutout and remained unbeaten with a 9-0 victory against visiting Wachusett.

Nashoba (7-0, 5-0 Mid-Wach B) has five shutouts on the season and has allowed just 27 points in seven games.

The shutout was all the more impressive since it came against a high-scoring Mountaineer offense that put 49 points on the board in a win over Leominster last week.

Wachusett scored 40 points during a loss against Shepherd Hill two weeks back.

"What a great job by our guys, what an effort," Nashoba coach Jamie Tucker said. "Scoreless first half, and both teams had chances. We were able to make big plays in both halves.

"Wachusett has a great football team, and we knew they’d come ready to play. It was a physical game and was everything that we expected it to be. But our guys came through and made several big plays on both sides of the ball."

With the score tied, 0-0, the biggest Chieftains’ play of the game came on Nashoba’s first series of the second half.

After taking possession at their 43 following the kickoff, Nashoba drove 57 yards on six plays for a score. Senior Breese Hill capped the drive with a 20-yard touchdown burst.

Senior AIdan Gross kicked the extra point. Hill caught a 16-yard pass from junior quarterback Sam Bolinsky on the second play of the drive, advancing Nashoba into Mountaineer territory. Two plays later, junior Brandon Lee broke free for a 12-yard pickup.

The Chieftains picked up two insurance points on Wachusett’s first possession of the half after the kickoff moments later when they scored on a safety.

"The safety was huge — when we needed points, we were able to score," Tucker said. "And it wasn’t easy since Wachusett has a great defensive team."

The Mountaineers (4-3) had several good opportunities to score, but came up empty.

In the first quarter, Wachusett drove 65 yards to the Nashoba 4, but came up short on fourth-and-2. The Mountaineers’ drive was jump-started by Sam Brewer’s 34-yard rush.

Early in the fourth period, Wachusett advanced to the Chieftains’ 19-yard line, but got no further, the drive petering out on fourth-and-6. Quarterback Melke Shabo had a big play in the march, uncorking a 22-yard pass to J’Zhon Henderson.

Hill had an interception in the fourth quarter.