The Beverly coaching staff is quick to point out that Manthorne has steadily improved with each game, adding to Beverly’s good fortune.
“It’s all about getting the reps in,” said Manthorne. “You’re not going to get it right until you do it wrong. That was my biggest thing; it’s about learning from mistakes and not getting mad over it. It’s about taking the coaching and not doing it my own way.”
Swampscott will bring its spread attack to Hurd Saturday, something the Panthers have faced against the likes of North Andover, Marblehead and Lynn English this fall. Desmond Wilhelmsen (421 yards and 5 TDs on just 58 carries) is dangerous with the football tucked under his arm, and the hosts know what kind of damage Big Blue QB Brendan McDonald (1,041 passing yards, 9 TDs) can do, especially when he looks for favorite targets Ben Faulkner (26 receptions for 406 yards and 2 TDs) and Mike Faia (9-142-3).
“Stop (Wilhelmsen), stop their passing game and you stop Swampscott,” said White.
Either said that done, of course. But the Panthers say they’re up to the challenge.