Purring Panthers clinch West title with 42-13 win
NASHUA – The Panthers are purring. And now they are West Conference champions.
All you needed to know about Nashua High School South’s football game with Londonderry on Friday night is this:
The Lancers were starting to feel good about themselves, finally getting on the board with 3:22 left to make it a 21-7 game.
But the Panthers’ Sean Holland tossed two of his four touchdown passes in the final 2:40 of the half en route to a 35-7 lead and a 42-13 win. South clinches the West at 6-2 after starting the season at 0-2.
“We weren’t worried (about the bad start),” South coach Scott Knight said. “The team you saw tonight, this is what we thought we could be.”
Besides Holland’s clutch play, South back Alex Amigo had 109 yard rushing and 54 receiving yards with two TD catches.
“Don’t get off the gas,” Amigo said was the Panthers’ mentality in those final three minutes of the half. “You’ve seen too many games, whether it be high school or NFL, teams take their foot off the gas and something bad happens. We wanted to keep pushing and that’s what we did.”
He made a great 26-yard TD catch with 2:30 left in the half, setting up his own score with a 51-yard kickoff return. Holland (11-17-153-4 TDs) found Tony Agor in the end zone for a 27-yard strike with just 56 seconds left before halftime.
“They had a big return and they ended up scoring twice,” Lancers coach Jimmy Lauzon said, his team now 6-2. “That killed us before half.”
Holland’s first TD pass was a great catch by Taevon Olson with 6:47 left in the second quarter that gave the Panthers a 21-0 lead. Their other two scores were a 30-yard run by Jarret Bieren nearly four minutes into the game and Jaylan Pacheco’s 3-yard run less than a minute into the second period. That score capped an impressive 10-play, 97-yard drive.
Lancers QB Mike McAlister’s 5-yard fourth down run was the Lancers’ only first-half tally, a half in which they were outgained 320-153. The Panthers’ first string offense ended up with 400 total yards in two-and-a-half periods of work.
An Amigo 13-yard TD reception helped lead to running time, 42-7, with 5:16 left in the third period.
Running time? The Panthers practiced what they were preaching.
“I thought we dominated this week in practice,” Knight said, especially his
defense. “I said he, if we can play like that, we can dominate Friday night.”