NANUET — It wasn’t an offensive showcase, but Nanuet football coach Phil Carbone will take them any way he can.
The Golden Knights defended their home field, beating Pleasantville 9-6 Saturday despite accumulating less than 100 yards of total offense.
“We’ll take an ugly win over a pretty loss any day,” Carbone said.
While Nanuet’s offense might not have shined, the Golden Knights’ defense, specifically the front four, proved to be key in the win over a fellow Class B team.
The consistent pressure from Nanuet’s defensive line limited the Panthers’ dual-threat quarterback, Anthony Godino, most of the game. The senior was sacked three times and threw three interceptions.
“We were really focusing in practice on containing him and not letting him get to the outside,” said Nanuet defensive end John Verwoert, who had a sack.
While the Golden Knights’ defense provided them good field position in the first half, they managed only a 28-yard field goal by Jarrett Bravo late in the half.
A Brendan McKeever interception on the Panthers’ second drive of the second half was the spark Nanuet‘s offense needed. The senior had a 35-yard return to the Panthers 18.
Six plays later, Nanuet quarterback Ryan Hanney completed a 10-yard pass to Matt Carney for a touchdown to give Nanuet (2-1) a 9-0 lead late in the third.
“I think we probably have to work better towards maybe getting a little bit more of a push when we get inside the 20-yard line,” Carbone said of his team’s early struggles finishing drives. “If we don’t get the push then we have to dictate getting to the outside.”
Pleasantville’s Patrick Bathon returned a punt 65 yards for a touchdown with just over three minutes remaining to cut the Golden Knights’ lead to three.
Nanuet’s defense held strong down the stretch to secure its second straight win .
The win is a confidence booster for Nanuet after its disappointing season-opening loss to Irvington.
“I feel like our team is moving in a great direction,” said Nanuet defensive end Shawn Celestin, who had a sack. “We’re defending black and gold. It’s a great feeling.”