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Owls lose closer

ROCHESTER — Timberlane's long season came to a rough close with a 38-21 loss to previous-winless Spaulding Friday night.

The Owls (1-8) opened the scoring when Dan Hayes hit David Pica for a 31-yard touchdown, but Souhegan (1-8) scored the next 22 points. Shane Johnson and Antonio Pallaria also scored for the Owls.

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Football, 10/26/18 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Salem, Spaulding

SALEM – A week after knocking off the defending state champ to put itself in control of its playoff destiny, Salem remained squarely in the Division 1 postseason hunt with a dominating 54-0 victory over Spaulding.
The victory moved the Blue Devils (3-2 in the South, 6-2 overall) into second-place in the South, half a game ahead of Pinkerton (2-2, 6-2), which lost to Salem last month.
“If we win next week (against 4-4 Dover), we’re in,” Salem coach Rob Pike said. “The kids know that any week anything can happen. We got a few lucky breaks tonight, and we executed. The kids prepared all week like they knew it was going to be a game. And they came out and did well.”
After building a 40-0 halftime lead, the only remaining question Friday night was whether Zachary Gibbons and his right leg would get a school record. After missing a couple extra-point chances in the first half, the senior kicker connected on his fifth of the night and the 102nd of his career late in the third quarter. That kick eclipsed the previous mark set by Chris Saulnier, who finished his high-school career in 2009 – the last time the Blue Devils won a state title.
“I was pretty mad at myself for missing those (in the first half) because prior to that I’d only missed two all season,” said Gibbons, who also had one of Salem’s five fumble recoveries. “One was a muffed snap and the other one was blocked, so I think the nerves got to me. It feels great to have (the record). It’s a lot of pressure off my shoulders, and it felt good.”
Salem gave Gibbons plenty of chances, scoring eight touchdowns against a winless Spaulding squad that has won only 45 games in the past 21 years, according to its longtime statistician.
“There’s a lot that goes into that (extra-point) operation with the snap and the hold,” Pike said. “Everything has to be perfect … (Gibbons) has been great his whole career and he’s been consistent.”
The Blue Devils scored five times on the ground with runs by Riley Mulvey (17 yards), Daniel Johnston (6), Brandon Wall (25), Aidan McDonald (1) and Jackson Burns (23). Only one of Salem’s seven scoring drives lasted more than four plays or 75 seconds.
Linebacker Connor Chute scored his first career touchdown with a 38-yard fumble return that provided a 33-0 lead with 5:25 left in the first half.
Kyle Poulin, who attempted only three passes, threw a pair of touchdown passes of 33 yards to Michael Ference and 75 yards to Mulvey en route to a season-high 108 yards. Poulin now has seven scoring tosses against only one interception.
“Really, all year, Kyle has been doing well for us,” Pike said. “He executes well and does an excellent job for us. And we have guys who can go get it like Michael Ference, Alex Weston and Donovan Abraham, so we will need that (in the postseason) probably.”
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Football, 10/19/18 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Windham blows out Spaulding


ROCHESTER — Windham picked up its first Division 1 victory Friday night in a big way, blowing past Spaulding 54-0.

The Jaguars rushed for 336 yards, led by Steve Mague, who rushed for 75 yards and a TD, Toomy Emrick and Ryan Marotta, who both scored TDs and rushed for 51 and 48 yards. Marotta also returned the opening kickoff the second half for a score.

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Football, 09/07/18 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Pinkerton rolls to dominant season-opening win

DERRY — The season could not have started any more perfectly for Pinkerton, even if QB Aiden Goujon was feeling a bit shaky on his team’s opening play.
“I honestly thought I was going to mess up the first play,” said Goujon with a laugh. “First game jitters were getting to me. But I just put the ball out there and (Ryan) Auger caught it and took off.”
On Pinkerton’s first offensive play of the season, Goujon tossed a perfectly-placed pass to Auger, and the receiver easily cruised in for a 33-yard touchdown.
It was all Astros from there, as the defending Division 1 finalists easily handled Spaulding 48-0 in the season-opener for both teams.
“We are feeling good,” said running back/defensive lineman Gannon Fast. “We were really excited and came out feeling ready to play. You could tell early on things were going our way, and everyone did a great job.”
Pinkerton ran just 13 offensive plays in the first half, accumulating 270 yards and scoring touchdowns on all six possessions. 
On their third play from scrimmage, Nick Lombard broke an 8-yard score. 
The Astros’ only first-half possession that lasted more than three plays came next, a six-play, 91-yard drive that ended with an Evan Wilson 41-yard score. 
Gennaro Marra then added a 39-yard score, Fast broke an untouched 79-yard touchdown and Jon Cooper picked up a fumble and ran it 35 yards for a score to make it 41-0 at halftime. 
The Pinkerton backups started the second half, and needed just four plays to add another score on a Brady Day 14-yard score.
“It was hard to control our excitement for the game all day,” said Goujon, who completed both of his passes for 57 yards. “I couldn’t sleep last night, and I know a lot of guys felt the same way. After that first (touchdown) pass everything calmed down. We were back playing football. Everything was working well on offense and it was a good win.” 
The Astros defense allowed just 43 rushing yards on 28 Spaulding carries in the first half. 
The Red Raiders did complete two passes for 67 yards to advance to the Pinkerton 9 yard line on their second possession. But Wilson and Jackson Davis each made a tackle and Auger knocked down a pass on fourth down to end Spaulding’s lone scoring threat in the game.
“The defense did everything so well,” said Fast, who made five tackles. “We had trouble in the flats on a couple of passes, but we locked it down. The line was great, the linebackers did well and our defensive backs had a great day.”
The Astros will next travel next Friday to face a Dover team that beat Timberlane 34-14 on Friday.
“We’re a senior-laded team and Spaulding was a young team,” said Pinkerton coach Brian O’Reilly. “We can throw the ball, run outside and inside and we played some pretty good defense. We have to work hard to improve, but this was a very good way to start the season.”
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Football, 08/31/18 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars