To say the Missoula Hellgate Knights have struggled on offense would be, well, offensive. Through four games, the Knights hadn’t scored a point and were needless to say 0-4.
But that was before co-quarterback Andy Nemec got the lion’s share of the signal-calling duties in the Hellgate backfield.
The senior — who is still listed as wide receiver on the team’s depth chart — was a wildcat-only option in Hellgate’s offense. In layman’s terms, he was only brought in to run the ball while the “passing QB” Brayden Frohlich worked the throwing downs.
“The idea is that we have different styles with the different players,” coach R.L. Boyles told the Missoulian after a Week 2 game against Great Falls High. “They each have abilities so we try to utilize each of their abilities.”
But that became very clear to defenses as well. Nemec = run. Frohlich = pass. Neither player could do much of either with the play call all but revealed to the defenses.
It was a frustrating environment to try and get anything going, Nemec said.
“Every week I have to ask our offensive coordinator what my role is in the offense this week. Last week I didn’t play as much defense,” said Nemec, also the team’s starter at safety. “Which was nice, so I could be rested to be on the offensive side of the ball.
“(Offensive coordinator) JP (Souliere) made some changes last week to see if we’d have any success with that and we did. I think we’re going to change it up a little bit more this week to see if we can get more going on.”
Behind a revamped offensive line and the with a new scheme in hand, the Knights scored 14 points last Friday against Billings Senior. Both scores came with Nemec at quarterback.
They’ll try to build off of that limited success this week with a home game against Butte on Friday, the second leg of a Missoula County Stadium doubleheader at 7:30 p.m.