Concord Crimson Tide Football '09

Salem gains playoff berth, remain perfect

SALEM N.H. — Giving quarterback Matt Cannone more chances to throw then in any other game so far this season, the Salem Blue Devils rolled to a 35-6 romp over Concord.

Cannone threw for a season-high 135 yards and a touchdown pass while the running game, led by junior standout Max Jacques, pounded out 349 rushing yards as Salem improved to 8-0 for only the third time in its history. In both 1983 and 1995 Salem started 8-0 before going undefeated both years and winning championships in Div I (83) and Div II ('95). 

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Football, 10/23/09 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Pinkerton, Concord

CONCORD, N.H. — He has a name that just makes him sound like a superstar.
Pinkerton running back Emmitt Smith hasn’t received enough playing time this season to post stats like the all-time NFL rushing leader his parents named him after.
But the sophomore displayed some quickness and moves of his own when he returned a punt 64 yards for the Astros’ first touchdown just 1:14 into yesterday’s 35-10 rout of Concord.
Smith was named one of the starting punt returners because Jeff Guilherme was injured.
“I knew I was going to be a punt returner this week with the injuries and I was just hoping I’d get that chance and I know there was so much blocking on that,” Smith said. “I didn’t have to do that much but it felt good just to run that one back for the first time.”
Smith’s parents are originally from New York but they are not surprisingly Dallas Cowboy fans.
“My parents are diehard Cowboy fans,” said Smith who was born in 1994 during the NFL running back’s prime.
Pinkerton ran 46 times for 469 yards. Eleven different backs received carries.
Mike Mazzola ran five times for 170 yards and Kevin Davies ran five times for 87 yards to help Pinkerton build a 21-3 halftime lead.
Right after Eric Guinto’s 65-yard TD run was called back, Mazzola took a handoff 75 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter.
“I said (to Guinto), ‘Sorry, man, I know that was yours,’” Mazzola joked. “We just called the next play and we said we had to score and we did.”
Mazzola added an 80-yard touchdown run 22 seconds into the second half to put his team ahead 28-3.
“Rainy night, it was tough to throw in the rain and we just wanted to try to establish the ground game and get on them early and empty the bench and for the most part we got that accomplished,” Pinkerton coach Brian O’Reilly said.

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Football, 10/10/09 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Lambert, Londonderry fly to win

LONDONDERRY — Londonderry’s Alex Lambert lined up on Concord’s 3-yard line with just over five minutes to play in the first half.

After taking the snap, the senior halfback took two giant steps forward and leapt — his body completely parallel with the ground — colliding with defenders in mid-air. When he landed, his outstretched arms were just over the goalline, adding to the Lancers’ lead

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Football, 09/19/09 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars