New Hampshire Football Report

Top 10 Games: No. 7

No. 7: Nashua South 33, Dover 32

Here’s what was at stake when Nashua South met Dover at Stellos Stadium during the regular season’s final weekend: The winner would advance to the Division I playoffs. The loser would be eliminated from playoff contention.

South turned the ball over seven times, surrendered a double-digit lead and failed to score a touchdown on five of its seven trips to the red zone, but still managed to come away with a 33-22 victory.

The Panthers had to erase a 12-point, fourth-quarter deficit. The game’s final points were scored when South quarterback Sean Holland connected with Derek Downing for a 4-yard TD pass on a fourth-and-goal play with 43.1 seconds to play.

Holland completed 24 of 42 passes for 244 yards and two touchdowns, but also had four passes intercepted. Downing made 10 receptions for 94 yards and two TDs.

Dover committed six turnovers.

South led 20-19 at halftime, but Dover scored twice early in the third quarter to take a 32-20 lead.

Dover took advantage of short fields to score two touchdowns to open the second half and take a 32-20 lead with 8:50 let in the third. The teams turned the ball over on seven of the next eight possessions.

South trimmed its deficit to 32-27 when Taevon Olson returned an interception to the Dover 1-yard line and Holland scored on the next play.

South’s final drive began on the Dover 48-yard line with 3:30 to play.


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