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NHIAA Football: Pinkerton's run game smothers North

Special to the Union Leader

October 07. 2017 1:16AM

NASHUA — Pinkerton Academy used a varied running attack and punishing defense to race to an early lead and never look back, cruising past Nashua North 61-19 in Division I football action Friday night.

The win runs the Astros record to 5-1 and assures them a playoff spot while the Titans fall to 3-3.

Pinkerton had eight players rush for at least 15 yards before the clock started running late in the third quarter. The Astros outgained North 603-292.

No one looked better than Ty Hicks. The senior rushed five times for 93 yards and three scores. He also caught two balls for 83 yards.

“It was mostly my offensive line,” Hicks said. “They knew where to block and knew what hole I was going to. If they blocked one way I popped out the other way. I could just read them. We’re all good. It’s just team effort and team cooperation.”

Hicks’ brother Terrell looked just as good with 99 yards and two scores. Gennaro Marra rushed the ball six times for 94 yards.

“It keeps us fresh in the backfield,” Pinkerton coach Brian O’Reilly said. “That’s a byproduct of the pain and suffering that we went through last year. We were a growing team with no seniors or juniors to speak of, and we played a whole bunch of sophomores and got our heads handed to us more often than not. Now I have a bunch of juniors, the Hicks brothers are seniors, that are game-savvy.”

The teams traded touchdowns early before the Astros took over.

A huge 28-point second quarter, featuring two touchdowns from Ty Hicks, opened a 42-19 halftime lead for Pinkerton as the Astros asserted themselves in all three facets of the game.

North kept it close thanks to a big game from Brian Montminy. The junior tailback rushed for 63 yards and touchdown, caught a pass and threw a 74-yard touchdown pass to Austin Ouellette on a trick play. But the bag of tricks ran empty fast for North as the number of playmakers for Pinkerton was too much.

“We told our kids this was a playoff game for them,” O’Reilly said. “I expected halfback passes, onside kicks. I said expect everything because that’s what a team has to do to win.”

Defensively the Astros swarmed the ball and held the speedy north rushing attack to just 129 yards on 24 carries.

Tyler Mackiernan led the way defensively with six tackles.

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