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Nashua South Purple Panthers Football '08

Pinkerton tripped up in championship epic

Pinkerton's Ryan Simpson, far left, in action with teammates including Ali Bahremand, right, during their game against Nashua South on Saturday afternoon. Nashua South beat Pinkerton 33-32 in overtime. 37 Photos

DERRY, N.H. - When it comes to state football championships, Pinkerton can be downright territorial, bordering on greedy.

The three-time defending champion Astros, battered, shorthanded and down 12 points with just over six minutes left to play, mustered one final miracle bid, forcing overtime with David Zocco and No. 2 Nashua South. With a spirited stretch run, a game Pinkerton bunch fell one conversion short of a four-peat, tripped up in the extra session of a wild state title epic, 33-32, before about 1,000 at a frigid Memorial Field.

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Football, 11/22/08 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Pinkerton 'D' expects big year in 2009

Pinkerton's Mark Maguire, far right, and teammate Jeff Guilherme, center, in action against Ryan Morse of Nashua South, at left, during their game on Saturday afternoon. Nashua South beat Pinkerton 33-32 in overtime. 37 Photos

DERRY, N.H. — Pinkerton cornerback Jeff Guilherme had a message for New Hampshire football next season.

“We’ll be back,” said the junior with a full smile through his sadness. “We have so much depth and a lot of great players are coming back. Our defense is going to be very, very good next year. We can (reach the title game) again.”

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Football, 11/22/08 » 1 Comment & 4.0 Stars

South rolls over Londonderry

Running back Adam Bardwell rushed for 135 yards, but Londonderry fell to Nashua South 42-25.

The Purple Panthers took a 21-0 first-quarter lead and never looked back. Kicker Matt Charest had a big night, booting a 33-yard field goal. 

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Football, 11/01/08 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Pinkerton wins battle of unbeatens over Nashua South

Pinkerton Academy's Chris George in action against Nashua South on Saturday at Pinkerton. The Astros won 10-0. 9 Photos

DERRY, N.H. — A hallmark of good coaching is to accurately assess the talent on your team as well as the opposition.

Veteran Pinkerton mentor Brian O’Reilly pegged Nashua South’s David Zocco as his biggest threat to victory, terming the senior "one of the toughest running backs we’ve seen in the last two years." He also realized a deficit in speed for his own offense with Eric Guinto (shoulder) in street clothes for the contest.

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Football, 10/25/08 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars