DURHAM — Pinkerton Academy running back Gannon Fast got most of his team’s carries in Saturday night’s CHaD East-West All-Star Game, but it was one of his Pinkerton teammates who had the biggest carry in the game.
Pinkerton’s Gennaro Marra scored on a 3-yard run around left end to erase a three-point deficit and help the East defeat the West 17-13 in front of 2,595 fans at the University of New Hampshire’s Wildcat Stadium.
Marra’s TD came with 10:59 to play. Salem’s Zach Gibbons kicked the PAT, which capped the game’s scoring.
The West moved the ball to the East’s 18-yard line late in the fourth quarter, but the East forced a Ryan Toscano (Bedford) fumble that Pinkerton’s Nick Lombard scooped up and returned to the West 16-yard line with 2:15 to play.
The victory was the East’s first since 2016. The West leads the series, 5-3-0. Fast had 23 carries for 139 yards in the win.
The East led 10-7 at halftime, but the West had a 13-10 lead after three quarters. The West scored with 57 seconds left in the third, when quarterback Zach Miles (Concord) tossed a 31-yard touchdown pass to Ben Eichman (Merrimack). Madison Lucontoni’s point-after kick was blocked.
The East fumbled the ball away on its first possession and the West capitalized when Toscano capped an 11-play, 44-yard drive with a 1-yard TD run. Lucontoni (Bedford) made the PAT kick to give the West a 7-0 lead with 9:27 left in the first quarter.
The East scored the next 10 points and led 10-7 at halftime. First Gibbons made a 25-yard field goal to trim the West lead to 7-3 with 4:32 remaining in the first quarter, and then quarterback Evan Cormier (Londonderry) connected with Joe MacDougall (Winnacunnet) for a 4-yard TD pass.
Gibbons made the PAT to give the East a 10-7 lead with 9:39 remaining in the half.
The East had a 19:44 to 10:16 advantage in time of possession through two quarters. The West was 0 for 5 on third down in the first half.