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HAMILTON — Do it for Q.
That was the Nottingham soccer staff’s halftime message after its star receiver and defensive again, Quiyon McMillan, suffered a knee harm late within the second quarter Saturday afternoon in opposition to Trenton.
“That’s what it was about because we knew that we lost him,” quarterback Joe Lemly stated. “We told the offensive line and all the skill guys that it was for him in the second half, and we had to dominate for him.”
Nottingham (2-1) responded the fitting manner by pummeling Trenton (0-4) with three touchdowns within the third quarter en path to a convincing 41-6 victory at dwelling.
However after all there have been combined feelings due to the harm to McMillan, who returned an interception about 30 yards contained in the 5-yard line with 13 seconds left within the half. The senior was initially pissed off as he couldn’t put any strain on his leg left and needed to be carted to the locker room, however after the sport he voiced optimism in regards to the X-rays he could be getting.
“On the interception I’m running back, I’m getting tackled up high, and then I don’t know if somebody came down low. It’s really all like a blur to me,” McMillan stated whereas standing on crutches. “I just felt something happen in my knee, but I feel like I’ll be good. I’m putting pressure on it, I’m leaning on it. I can bend my knee as well, so I don’t know. Maybe hopefully in a couple weeks I’ll be fine, but we’re just gonna work on it day by day.”
For Nottingham, this week was about discovering its rhythm as an offense. The Northstars totaled solely 20 factors of their first two video games regardless of returning most of their key gamers from final yr’s 9-1 staff, so they’d a extra intense week of apply main as much as Trenton.
“We got our swagger back this week,” stated Lemly, who’s in his second yr as a starter and accomplished 8-of-12 passes for 123 yards and a landing to senior Herb Dolcine on Saturday. “We needed this week to just come back and show everybody that we’re still here and it’s the same offense as last year.”
Nottingham had no points bullying Trenton within the trenches with 296 speeding yards on 23 carries. The Northstars produced 191 complete yards on solely three drives within the first half, after which they reached the top zone thrice on simply 9 performs to open the third quarter behind the power of the offensive line.
“When I turned my head there were at least three to four guys on the ground every time, which you love to see as a quarterback,” Lemly stated. “And I didn’t get touched the whole day, which is great. Shoutout to them.”
In the meantime, the Trenton is off to its worst begin since going winless in 2010. The Tornadoes’ solely landing got here on an 85-yard kick return by sophomore Keyshawn Wharthen with 47 seconds left within the third quarter.
Junior Saemeni Faeflen led Nottingham out of halftime with a 27-yard run adopted by a 20-yard landing run, and after a giant punt return by senior Dario DeJonge, senior Jed Carrette’s 36-yard landing run made it 27-0 with 8:55 left within the third quarter.
Faeflen completed with 146 speeding yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries, whereas Carrette added 92 speeding yards and two touchdowns on six carries.
“When we were walking out, (coach Milo McGuire) said, ‘Sam, it’s your time. Just dominate.’ I said, ‘I got you, Coach.’ I think that just gave energy to everybody else so we could get going,” Faeflen stated. “When Q got hurt, it hurt us, but we know that we’ve got some dogs. If anything happens we’re ready, so we can step up to the challenge.”
McMillan’s worth to the staff goes past his manufacturing on the sphere — the reigning Mercer County Participant of the 12 months surpassed 1,000 profession receiving yards final week — as he additionally leads the Northstars behind the scenes.
“In the beginning of the season, at first it was rough. We had people not coming to workouts, some people not coming to practice,” Faeflen stated. “But then Q had a team meeting, he talked to us and ever since that, we’ve been perfect. We’ve been getting better, and I like that.”
So no matter how a lot time McMillan misses, Nottingham is prepared for its rivalry showdown with Steinert subsequent Saturday again on the Northstars’ dwelling area.
“They’re 3-0, so no matter how good or bad we think that they are, they’re still 3-0 and they have that against us,” Lemly stated. “They have a better record than us, so we just need to show out again like how we did today.”
Trenton (0-4) 0 0 6 0 – 6
Nottingham (2-1) 7 7 20 7 – 41
N – Dolcine 26 go from Lemly (Rodriguez kick)
N – Carrette 26 run (Rodriguez kick)
N – Faeflen 20 run (Rodriguez kick)
N – Carrette 36 run (kick failed)
N – Faeflen 3 run (Rodriguez kick)
T – Wharthen 85 kickoff return (run failed)
N – DeJonge 3 run (Rodriguez kick)
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