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NHIAA Football: Chalk up another Astros win over Lancers

New Hampshire Union Leader

September 22. 2017 11:07PM
Pinkerton's Ty Hicks has a good run as Londonderry's Shane MacEachern tackles him in the first half during Mack Plaque weekend held at Pinkerton Academy in Derry on Friday. (THOMAS ROY/UNION LEADER)

DERRY — Pinkerton Academy ran roughshod over Londonderry High School on Friday night, and senior halfback Ty Hicks did most of the running.

Hicks rushed for a career-high 285 yards on 13 carries and scored three touchdowns as the Astros continued their dominance over the Lancers by earning a 35-7 victory.

“My linemen are so good,” Hicks said. “I’m proud of them and what they did, and that’s what made me get those yards — my linemen blocking for me.”

Hicks scored his second TD on an 83-yard run that came on the first play from scrimmage in the second half. That helped extend Pinkerton’s lead to 28-0. He also scored on a 73-yard run late in the first half, and added a 33-yard TD run with 4:20 left in the third quarter.

Running time kicked in after Brandon Roy made the PAT after Hicks’ third TD.

“Ty is our best running back when he’s got his game together, and he had his game together tonight,” Pinkerton coach Brian O’Reilly said. “We put it on the offense this week to control the line of scrimmage. ”

Pinkerton (3-1) also received a 7-yard TD run from running back Gannon Fast, and a 3-yard TD run from running back Terrell Hicks (Ty’s brother).

O’Reilly said he challenged his team to win the battle up front after last Saturday’s 35-20 loss to Salem.

“If we’re going to be the team that we want to be we have to dominate the line of scrimmage,” he said. “That did not happen for four quarters last week. If anything we got pushed around, so this was a statement game all week in practice. I told them I wasn’t sure I was even going to throw a pass tonight.

“I would have been sorely disappointed if we got shoved around on the field today, because then I wouldn’t have the team that I thought I had.”

Londonderry (3-1) scored on a 3-yard run by backup quarterback Evan Cormier with 1:20 to play. The Lancers fumbled the ball away twice, had a pass intercepted and muffed a punt that Pinkerton recovered.

“Disappointed in our run (defense),” Londonderry coach Jimmy Lauzon said. “I did not see that coming. We’ve played the run pretty well. We pride ourselves on it. I did not anticipate them running the ball as well as they did.”

Pinkerton stretched its winning streak against Londonderry to 19 games. The Astros lead the series 30-6-0. Londonderry’s last victory came in 2001.

Jeff Wiedenfeld was Londonderry’s leading rusher with 55 yards on 17 attempts.

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