Loveless, Harris help North cruise past Memorial
NASHUA – Don’t forget about Mike Loveless.
The Nashua High School North quarterback may have stepped out of the spotlight that fellow Titans Curtis Harris and Austin Ouellette have basked in much of this early season.
In one half on Friday night, Loveless rushed for 166 yards and two TDs, also throwing for 65 yards and two more TDs in what was a 48-6 running time rout of Manchester Memorial at Stellos Stadium.
“Great blocking,” Loveless said of his scores. “I think it’s all the conditioning I do in practice. But I can’t do that without blocks against (the Crusaders) down the field.”
“He played really great,” North coach Dante Laurendi said. “He made some great reads, some explosive runs. Again, it’s just Week 3, and we’re still feeling, what can we do, what are we developing, who’s going to progress? And he did a great job tonight.”
North led 20-0 after one quarter on a 16-yard TD by freshman Issac Smith, a 6-yard Brian Montminy TD (he had two), and a Loveless 11-yard TD pass to Smith.
The second quarter was Loveless’ time. He had runs of 54, 32 and 53, the latter for touchdowns, and also threw a 37-yard catch-and-run score to Matt Wall.
On the 53-yarder, Loveless looked trapped on the sideline and suddenly escaped. He got a good block by Nik Bala, and another on the 32-yarder by Harris.
Indeed, everybody got into the act. With running time, the Titans got a 16-yard TD run by Montminy with 29.6 seconds left in the third quarter.
Harris still was a factor, rushing 11 times for 136 yards. Ouellette, though, suffered a couple of broken fingers in last week’s game vs. Goffstown and played only on defense.
That opened the door up Smith, who rushed five times for 50 yards and one TD.
The Titans now have to prepare for a much tougher opponent next week in Manchester Central, which took a three-TD lead into the fourth quarter against Merrimack. Can they make the transition?
“I think this was a good week for us,” Loveless said. “We still have things to work on, but in the end, we’re focusing on next week.”