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Astros follow recipe for another title

Pinkerton's Mike LaRocque is tackled just before the goal line by Salem's Harold Landers on Saturday during the state final in Derry.1 Photo

DERRY | All season long, the recipe for Pinkerton's success has been to score early and often, and then watch its opponents struggle to play catch-up.

The Astros once again executed that strategy en route to a dominating 27-7 victory over Salem in the Division 1 state championship yesterday before a crowd of about 3,000 fans. It is the second consecutive state crown for the Astros, who also finished their remarkable season with a perfect 12-0 record.

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Football, 08/27/07 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Foote scores four touchdowns in win

North Andover's Andrew Foote escapes Pentucket's Dan Johanson's grip Friday night at North Andover High School.1 Photo

NORTH ANDOVER | Pentucket Regional might have had Mother Nature when it counted, but North Andover had someone a bit more influential this time around | Andrew Foote.

The Scarlet Knights' running back scored two of his four touchdowns when it counted the most, in the final 4:49 of the Cape Ann League large school showdown with the Sachems. The result was a 35-31 victory for the hosts, whose star running back, Foote, finished with 199 yards on 23 carries. With a stiff fourth quarter wind at their back, the Sachems appeared ready to weather a North Andover comeback, which saw the Scarlet Knights score two third-quarter touchdowns to take a two-point lead heading into the the final frame. Jeff Puopolo had given the Sachems their final lead with 4:49 remaining on a 66-yard touchdown run.

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Football, 08/27/07 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Tigers methodically tear apart North Andover

Ipswich's Steve Phaneuf breaks away from North Andover's Matt Burckhardt for a touchdown in the first quarter of last night's game.1 Photo

IPSWICH | No flash, just efficiency.

The Ipswich High School football team has kept it simple through the first three weeks, and the results have been pouring in against established programs.

North Andover was the Tigers' latest victim, succumbing to the strong defense and deliberate offense in a 20-0 whitewashing last night.

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North Andover sacks Triton

Triton's Ben Ferrara picks up yardage against North Andover last night in Byfield.1 Photo

BYFIELD -- Triton was able to stem the tide for the first 22 minutes last night in chilly Byfield, but ultimately the hosts had no answers for either North Andover's running game or its relentless pass rush as the Vikes fell to the Knights, 14-9.

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Football, 08/27/07 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Hillies become a passing fancy

Haverhill's Troy Warcewicz (44) and Corey Gobbi, right, tackle Methuen's Matt Barlett.1 Photo

HAVERHILL | Haverhill High quarterback Peter Byron and ace receivers Andy Powell and Peter Early found out again last night that first-year coach Tim Briggs is a man of his word. "He told us in the summer that we'd be passing the ball if we had the chance," said Early. "So all three of us worked out together three days a week, after lifting, to get ready."

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Football, 08/24/07 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Londonderry racks up 400-plus yards on the ground in blowout

Andrew Rogers (31) rushes for a touchdown Friday evening against Manchester West in Londonderry.1 Photo

LONDONDERRY, N.H. | With eye black smeared all over his face and his jersey covered with dirt, Londonderry's Chris Stringfellow smiled big.

How could he not bask in what had just transpired. The 265-pound senior center anchored an offensive line that produced 413 rushing yards on 54 carries last night. About 2,000 fans watched the Lancers pummel Manchester West 37-3 under the lights at Lancer Park and improve to 1-1 on the young season.

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Football, 08/24/07 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Lawrence mistakes fuel Sachems win

Lawrence's Alex Andrews is tackled by Pentucket's Chris Troy, Stephen Hayden and other defenders during their game at Pentucket on Saturday. 1 Photo

WEST NEWBURY | Staring at the Cape Ann League large school gauntlet over the second half of the season and still stinging from last week's nauseating loss to rival Newburyport, the Pentucket Regional football team needed a positive afternoon entertaining Lawrence.

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Football, 08/24/07 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

DelaSantos runs wild in Reggies loss

Jonathan DelaSantos, playing for Greater Lawrence Technical School, runs for a touchdown with Pat Orlando of Manchester Essex in close pursuit during the football game at Joseph M. Hyland Field in Manchester Friday night.1 Photo

MANCHESTER | Time expired on the Greater Lawrence football team last night, but Jonathan DelaSantos kept running. He refused to concede a loss, 15-point deficit or not.

The 5-foot-7, 140-pound junior quarterback weaved through a series of Manchester Essex defenders and appeared to break into open field. DelaSantos' right knee buckled as the Reggies' sideline erupted, effectively ending the game.

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Football, 08/24/07 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Georgetown topples Manchester

Matt Sweet, right, tries to block Georgetown cornerback Nadjee Harrigan's attempt to stop Hornet Pat Orlando during yesterdays game at Hyland Field. The Hornets were defeated, 28-27, by the Royals.1 Photo

MANCHESTER | Joseph M. Hyland Field is now closed! Unfortunately for host Manchester Essex, Georgetown saw to it that it was closed on a depressing note.

Commonwealth Conference Small champion Manchester Essex will enter the playoffs with a loss fresh in its memory bank. Georgetown (5-5) will enter the offseason with a good feeling about how it battled through adversity throughout the year and finished the campaign with a memorable upset on the road.

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Football, 08/24/07 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Prep makes big stops in win

Central Catholic's (No. 33) Mike Leavitt sprints away from St. John's defenders in football action. St. John's defeated Central Catholic, 27-17.1 Photo

DANVERS | The difference between a win or a loss is not the number of yards or first downs a team racks up, but how many points are on the board.

Visiting Central Catholic marched up and down the field in the first half, but never had a lead against St. John's Prep at Cronin Stadium. The Eagles relied on their defense for some big stops in the red zone to take the battle of Groveland, where both Prep's Jim O'Leary and Raider coach Chuck Adamopoulos reside, 27-17. It marked the third straight win for St. John's and overall the series is now 20-10-1 in its favor.

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Football, 08/24/07 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Middies sink Golden Warriors

Andover's Gordon Dubois gives chase as Dracut quarterback Bobby Russo looks for a receiver. Andover lost, 36-21.1 Photo

DRACUT | If a game could have been won on the first drive of the game, Andover would have gone to bed very happy last night.

Unfortunately, an entire four quarters had to be played, and the Golden Warriors struggled to keep up with the fast-paced Dracut offense on their way to falling to the Middies, 36-21.

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Football, 08/22/07 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Pierce, Andover's defense create a logjam

Central's Mike Leavitt attempts to run past Andover's Derrick Beasley during their Thanksgiving Day game.2 Photos

ANDOVER | With a little deja vu at the start, a couple of big plays from quarterback Mike Pierce and some clutch stops from an unappreciated defense, Andover whipped up the recipe for a joyous holiday yesterday morning.

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Football, 08/22/07 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Andover slaps first loss on Hillies

Andover quarterback Mike Pierce picks up yardage as Haverhill's Peter Early (22) gives chase during Andover's 37-14 win.1 Photo

HAVERHILL | Andover nose guard Joel Israel didn't want to take much credit for the Golden Warriors' crushing 37-14 defeat of previously unbeaten Haverhill before more than 1,600 fans at Haverhill Stadium last night, but head coach Ken Maglio knew better.

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Football, 08/22/07 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Sachems run ragged over Indians

Pentucket's Liam Crawford stiffarms Amesbury's Jared Flanagan Saturday afternoon.1 Photo

WEST NEWBURY | The future certainly looks bright for the youthful Amesbury Indians, but in order to get there, they'll need to exorcise past demons.

The Pentucket Sachems, who've beaten the Indians seven consecutive times, would qualify as one of those demons. After the Sachems graduated 18 seniors and looked vulnerable in season-opening losses to Hamilton Wenham and Ipswich, this year appeared to be the one for Amesbury to end the losing streak.

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Football, 08/22/07 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Lawrence takes step back...Lancers no match for Amesbury

Amesbury's Marion Wilder makes a move against a Lawrence defender on Friday night.2 Photos

AMESBURY | After playing an inspired game against cross town rival and Merrimack Valley League power Central Catholic last week, Lawrence coach Mike Yameen was more than a little disappointed with his team's effort in last night's 26-6 loss to Amesbury.

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Football, 08/22/07 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars
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