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NHIAA Football: Astros run away and hide

By ROGER BROWN
New Hampshire Union Leader

September 21. 2018 11:14PM
Pinkerton's Gannon Fast breaks through the Londonderry line in the first period at Londonderry High School on Friday, Sept. 21, 2018. (THOMAS ROY/UNION LEADER)

LONDONDERRY — You wouldn’t know it by the final score, but Pinkerton Academy coach Brian O’Reilly scrapped his offensive game plan early in Friday night’s game against Londonderry.

Instead of attacking through the air, as O’Reilly had originally intended, the Astros trampled the Lancers en route to a 34-14 victory.

Gannon Fast scored on runs of 13 and 45 yards for Pinkerton, which picked up 402 yards on the ground. Pinkerton also received rushing touchdowns from Gennaro Marra (32 yards), Avery Battle (2 yards) and quarterback Aidan Goujon (1 yard).

The Astros, the No. 1 team in the Union Leader Power Poll, led 14-0 after one quarter, 21-0 at halftime and 21-7 after three quarters.

“Honestly the game plan was to come in and throw the ball down their throat,” O’Relly said. “And Aiden was a little off tonight (2 of 11 for 39 yards). It was frustrating because in the beginning everything was open as we expected, and then switching over to the running attack was Plan B and we executed it very well. And defensively, not too bad. Not too bad for us.”

Fast gained 141 yards on 21 carries. Marra gained 84 of his 86 yards in the first half, and also caught two passes for 39 yards.

Londonderry scored on a 12-yard pass from quarterback Evan Cormier to running back Jeff Wiedenfeld with 7:14 remaining in the third, and on a 45-yard pass from Cormier to Alex Tsetsilas with 4:03 to play.

Cormier completed 23 of 39 passes for 201 yards. He was intercepted once.

“We watched a lot of film coming into this game and thought we had a good plan,” Londonderry coach Jimmy Lauzon said. “I don’t think we got pushed around like we did in years past, but I do think they executed at a high level and we probably didn’t match that inside.”

Pinkerton raised its record to 4-0. The Astros haven’t lost to the Lancers since 2001, and improved their record in the rivalry to 31-6.

Londonderry, which entered the weekend fifth in the Power Poll, fell to 3-1. Londonderry turned the ball over twice in the first quarter and was held to 32 yards of offense in the opening 12 minutes.

Although Londonderry was within two touchdowns after three quarters, Pinkerton scored on the first play of the fourth when Battle found the end zone from 2 yards away.

“It’s not easy to stop their run game on a consistent basis,” Lauzon said.

rbrown@unionleader.com


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