MANCHESTER — The Trinity High skill position players were on full display on Saturday night. And the Pioneers’ offensive and defensive lines weren’t bad, either.
Led by shifty quarterback Pete Alisandro and senior running back John Thibault, the Pioneers dominated Kearsarge of Sutton 47-0 in a Division III football opener at Gill Stadium. Alisandro, a junior, passed for three touchdowns — two to Jacob Brown — and ran for another, and Thibault, a senior, rushed 14 times for 136 yards.
Thibault caught one TD pass and ran for another score.
On the other side of the ball, the Pioneers held Kearsarge to two first downs (over 12 possessions). One of those first downs was a 41-yard scamper by Aiden Markoff, the only gain of double-digit yards for Kearsarge.
“They have some big guys on their line,” said Trinity coach Rob Cathcart, referring to the Cougars. “Our (linemen) just had to play with good technique.”
Alisandro, in his first varsity start, made one glaring mistake: a pass intercepted by Zach Hodge. Otherwise, he showed poise and athleticism. Alisandro’s first pass attempt went for 30 yards and a TD to Brown. He followed that up with a 5-yard TD run and a 51-yard scoring pass to Thibault on which the QB looked left then passed right to his halfback, who broke several tackles en route to the end zone.
“This is his first year starting and he showed some jitters in the (Queen City) Jamboree last week,” said Cathcart. “But this week, I didn’t see that.”
Thibault extended the Trinity lead to 26-0 with a spectacular 51-yard run down the left sideline. Then Alisandro evaded would-be tacklers and found Brown for 27 yards and a touchdown to make it 33-0.
In the fourth quarter, Trinity’s Icean Taylor scored on a 5-yard run, and moments later, Brown added his third TD when he scooped up a fumble and rumbled into the end zone from 10 yards out.
Next up for the Pioneers is Lebanon on Friday night in the Upper Valley. The Raiders beat Newport 49-6 on Saturday. “We started slowly tonight and shot ourselves in the foot a bit,” said Cathcart. “We can’t do that against Lebanon.”