ChaD Game

Team East’s Gannon Fast, left, of Pinkerton Academy moves past West’s Cooper Varano of Manchester Central, right, during the second quarter. They were playing the CHaD East West New Hampshire High School All-Star game at UNH Durham on Saturday evening. See story, Page C3.

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.