NASHUA – Scott Knight wanted to see what his Nashua High School South offense could handle during Wednesday night’s football scrimmage against Manchester Central.
Instead of preparing for what the Little Green might do defensively to stop the Panthers’ spread, Knight showed the team what it might be facing in the locker room before the start of the scrimmage.
“I threw it at them,” Knight said. “I wanted to throw them into a fire. It’s a completely different look than what we’d practiced against for the last two weeks.”
The results? The Panthers struggled at times to keep pressure off senior quarterback Trevor Knight, but South found its way into the end zone twice and made it inside the 20 again before a miscommunication led to a turnover.
“I think we’re going to score some points, no question about it,” the coach said. “We’re going to be fine. If we can do that without even being prepared, we’ll be fine.”
Trevor Knight liked what the offense was able to do, too, but felt there were some things that he needed to remember.
“We were getting a lot of pressure on pass plays,” he said. “I know I have to shuffle up and keep my eyes downfield. A couple of plays, I didn’t. It’s things I know I need to do. I just need to work on it and keep getting better.”
Knight, who verbally commited to UNH this summer, is happy to be back on the field and eager to face a handful of teams he’s never seen before. As a member of Division I’s West Conference, South will have conference games against Keene, Alvirne and Bishop Guertin, along with Nashua North, and will play the teams in the East Conference – Exeter, Dover, Winnacunnet, Timberlane and Spaulding.
And because of the games with North and Bishop Guertin, the Panthers play away from Stellos just three times this year. Of course, those three trips are to Spaulding, Dover and Keene.
“We’re playing teams we’ve never played before,” Knight said. “I think it’s cool with the new playoff format. We play a conference championship. There are three teams in our conference who play here (at Stellos), so its a good chance we’ll be playing here. I think we could get a lot of people here for that game.”