Pinkerton Astros Football '10

Davies drops the Astro hammer

DERRY — Kevin Davies delivers in doses — vicious, painful, repetitive doses.

Yesterday, the bruising Pinkerton Academy junior was lethal, pummeling Nashua North with a state championship up for grabs.

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Football, 11/20/10 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Pinkerton could be even better in 2010

DERRY — While he celebrated yesterday’s title, Pinkerton running back Emmitt Smith flashed a smile for what appears to be a very bright future.

“We’re going for it again next year,” said Smith. “We have almost everybody back.”

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Pinkerton stands tall late to win state title

DERRY — The most memorable tackle of Pinkerton defensive back Ryan Coombs’ career happened to be delivered to a teammate.

“I was so happy that I charged (co-captain) Luke Somers and tackled him,” said Coombs, with tears of joy flowing from his eyes. “The emotions just hit me like a wall. It was unreal. I have never been so happy or so emotional in my life.”

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Pinkerton knocks off Salem in classic


DERRY, N.H. — Asked to name the play call on his state-semifinal winning touchdown run, Pinkerton Academy's Emmitt Smith laughed, "I don't know, counter sweep something."

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Football, 11/13/10 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Pinkerton earns top playoff seed

DERRY — Fortunately for Pinkerton, it didn’t need style points to reach the playoffs. All the Astros needed to do was just win baby.

And that’s exactly what they did yesterday as Pinkerton held off Manchester Memorial’s second-half rally for a 34-25 victory. The win guaranteed the Astros (8-2 overall, 7-1 division) home-field advantage throughout the Division 1 playoffs that begin next weekend.

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Football, 11/06/10 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Smith, Davies keep Pinkerton in first

MANCHESTER, NH. — It’s amazing how a few seconds and a little speed can change a football team’s whole outlook.

Twice last night junior Emmitt Smith quickly responded to an opponent’s touchdown with spectacular runs, the second of which set up Kevin Davies’ game-winning score with 5.4 seconds left as Pinkerton outlasted Manchester Central 20-13 at Gill Stadium. With the victory Pinkerton (7-2 overall, 6-1 in Division 1) not only maintained its hold atop the New Hampshire Division 1 standings, but left the Astros one win away from assuring home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.

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Football, 10/29/10 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Pinkerton maintains hold on Division 1

CONCORD, N.H. — Anyone looking for football artistry was at the wrong place yesterday afternoon. But even if it wasn’t a thing of beauty, Pinkerton’s 27-14 victory over Concord allowed  the Astros to take another step toward earning the top seed in the up coming New Hampshire playoffs.

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

Late turnover dooms Pinkerton

BROCKTON — Pinkerton was on its way to a game-tying touchdown in the final minute when an interception squelched its opportunity.

The Astros (5-2) held a one-point advantage late in the third quarter when the Boxers punched in the game’s final score, handing Pinkerton a 21-14 non-league loss.

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Football, 10/15/10 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Goal-line stands clinches win for Pinkerton

DERRY — Prior to the decisive play, Pinkerton co-captain Luke Somers had a message for his squad.

“Mike (Mazzola) and I looked at the guys,” said Somers, “And we told them, ‘We can do this. We have done this before.’”

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

Pinkerton shuts out Londonderry

LONDONDERRY — Running true to season-long form, Pinkerton shared the wealth in a stocked backfield as the Astros stormed past Londonderry for a 35-0 victory last night. While no one back had more than eight carries or 69 yards, Pinkerton used 10 different ball carriers — only one of whom is a senior — who combined for 247 yards. “We’ve grown as a unit,” said junior Kevin Davies, who had team-high 69 yards, including a 25-yard touchdown. “Our line has been growing as the season’s gone on. We have so many kids who can carry the ball, it’s amazing. I’ve never been on a team like this.” The victory capped off Pinkerton’s Mack Plaque award winning week over Londonderry. After allowing 64 points while splitting its previous two games, the Astros (4-1 overall, 3-1 in Division I play) held the Lancers to 127 total yards. “Rivalries are rivalries,” Pinkerton coach Brian O’Reilly said. “I was concerned this week that they couldn’t look past (Londonderry) because of its record.” The Astros wasted no time setting the tone after recovering a Lancers’ fumble on the game’s first play from scrimmage. Two plays later, Emmitt Smith went 25 yards on a sweep that gave Pinkerton a 6-0 lead. “Coming into the game, we knew we had to stop they’re running game,” Londonderry coach Jon Rich said. “The best way to hold off a good offense is to hold onto the ball as long as possible. When you turn the ball over on the first play of the game like we did, you’re not helping out your cause.” With the running game working so well, Pinkerton went to the air for a pair of Chris St. Onge touchdown passes of 48 yards to Smith and 55 yards to Branden Rodgers. St. Onge completed only one other pass in the affair. With the Astros’ emphasis on the run, St. Onge might play a critical role late in the season with consistent passing. “When you have young kids, it takes a while to get the small nuances of the offense down — the shifting, the motion, the fakes,” O’Reilly said. “And it’s coming, and I know we’ll be better at the end of the year with what we’re supposed to be doing.” Londonderry was playing without senior quarterback Ian McMullen, who broke his ankle in last week’s loss at Concord and likely will miss the rest of the season. “It hurts,” Rich said. “He’s a great athlete and a hard worker on top of that. He throws the ball pretty well, so not having him hurts a lot.”

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