By: Ross Laorenza
It was a beautiful night for football inside Stellos Stadium when the Nashua South Panthers took on the Bishop Guertin Cardinals. Behind the leadership of senior Trevor Knight the Panthers were victorious by the final score of 35-14. Here’s how it all broke down.
After BG started the game three and out South took over at their own 27 yard line. From there they mounted a thirteen play drive to start their path to victory. With a combination of Knight’s scrambling ability, Josh Perry’s running game and some spectacular completions to Perry and Robbie Smyth the Panthers had the ball facing a second and goal from the one. Knight passed to his left and Perry took it in for the score. PAT good. With 5:48 left in the first quarter South leads 7-0.
On their second drive South took over at their own 20. Facing a fourth and one from the BG 10 it appeared the Trevor Knight scored and a 10 yard rush, but the play was called back on a hold. The Panthers would try a field goal now facing a fourth and eleven but it was no good. As we move into the second the score remains 7-0.
Robbie Smyth gave the Panthers a kick start to their next drive when he returned the BG punt inside Cardinal territory, to the 35 yard line. 10 plays later is was Andrew DeCarteret taking the handoff for a 2 yard touchdown. PAT good. South leads 14-0 with 5:12 left in the half.
Bishop Guertin finally got their offense moving on their fifth possession of the game. Thomas Hurley was able to drive his team down deep inside South territory was time winding down in the half. After a South pass interference call gave the drive new life the Cardinals were set up 1st and 10 at the 20 yard line. After only picking up 6 yards on their first two plays they opted for a field goal try, but they 29 yarder was no good off the foot Chris Fox. At halftime Nashua South:14, Bishop Guertin: 0.
The Panthers wasted no time opening the second half. They took their opening possession straight down the field, capped by Joshua Perry’s second touchdown of the game. This time it was an 8 yard rushing score. Perry also caught two huge passes on the drive to get the Panthers in the red zone. PAT good. South leads 21-0.
On BG’s ensuing drive Clyde Boykin broke off a 33 yard rush to get the Cardinals down to the Panther 29 yard line. Six plays later, Anthony Reale took the handoff and scored from two yards out with tremendous second effort to put BG on the scoreboard. PAT good. South lead 21-7.
South responded quickly on their next drive. This time it was all Trevor Knight. Facing a third and four he picked up the first with a 27 yard rush to get the ball into Cardinal territory. Two plays later it was Knight again, scoring on a 32 yard rushing touchdown. What a thrill to watch!With 3:41 left in the third quarter Nashua South leads Bishop Guertin 28-7.
The score would stay that way until late in the game. Trevor Knight hooked up with Robbie Smyth for a 62 yard catch and run for the touchdown putting South ahead by 28 points with only 3:44 remaining.
BG would add a touchdown late on a 32 yard pass from Hurley to Boykin, but it was too little too late. Final score Nashua South: 35, Bishop Guertin: 14.
From Stellos Stadium in Nashua, New Hampshire. Ross Laorenza: New Hampshire Notebook.