Saturday, October 29, 2011
Tarrier’s Take…Exeter 45-7 Over Nashua South
By Pete Tarrier
There’s not a whole lot you have to say about a game that ends up 45-7. That type of final score is a pretty good indication that one team completely dominated the other. And that’s exactly what happened to Nashua South when Exeter rolled into Stellos Stadium and left with a very impressive road win that all but clinches the #2 seed for the Blue Hawks in the upcoming Division 1 playoffs.
The tone was set early, and in unlikely fashion as junior fullback James Vogt burst thru the line and raced 81 yards for a score on the games 1st play. Vogt is better known for his hard hits on defense and normally doesn’t get more than a carry or 2 per game behind the talented stable of running backs Bill Ball has at his disposal.
Just when you realized it was 7-0 Blue Hawks, South fumbled a pitch on their first offensive play which was recovered by Exeter. The Blue Hawks wasted no time in making them pay as Conor Carrier rumbled into the end zone from 36 yards away to give his team a 2 touchdown lead early in the 1st quarter. South shot themselves in the foot all night committing 5 turnovers, 2 of them picks by DB Ethan Joyce on quarterback Trevor Knight to go with 3 fumbles lost.
The South defense finally stopped Exeter 3-and-out on their third possession of the game, but a roughing the kicker penalty on a Blue Hawk punt gave them a 1st down. Carrier broke free on the next play scoring from 69 yards out to make it 21-0 Exeter and the rout was on. When outstanding kicker Logan Laurent added a 33 yd FG, the Blue Hawks were up 24-0 in the 2nd quarter.
South did manage to score their only touchdown of the game near the end of the 1st half. The 12 yard Knight scoring run made it 24-7 and was one of the few highlights on the evening for the Panthers who slipped to 5-2 in D-1. Knight had some decent runs and wound up with 53 yards on the ground, but was not able to throw the ball at all. He completed only 1 pass in the entire game. Armond McRae was also held in check - he finished with 15 carries for 58 yards.
Exeter improved to 6-1 in league play with the win. They got the 2 TD runs from Carrier, plus 2 more from Tyler Grant, the second of which was a crazy/lucky offensive fumble recovery when QB Jamie Tymann was hit and the ball popped right into Grant’s hands on the fly several yards down field. He easily raced untouched into the end zone from 35 yards away to make it 38-7 late in the 3rd quarter. It was just that kind of night for Exeter and a night to forget for South. The Purple Panthers will close out the season next Friday night in Manchester against Central, while Exeter finishes at home vs. Nashua North.
Pete is a co-host of the ‘New Hampshire High School Football Show’, which airs Saturday mornings from 7-9 am on WGIR 610 AM, on the seacoast on 96.7 The The Wave and online at: http://www.wgiram.com/pages/nhhssports.html