Pinkerton Astros Football '18

Fri, Aug 31, 2018 07:00 PM @ Pinkerton
Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Final
Spaulding 0 0 0 0 0
Pinkerton 21 20 7 0 48

Pinkerton rolls to dominant season-opening win

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Friday, August, 31 By David Willis
Staff writer

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.”

Game Statistics:

First Quarter

P — Ryan Auger 39 pass from Auden Goujon (Alex Tveter kick), 10:19

P — Nick Lombard 8 run (Tveter kick), 7:18

P — Evan Wilson 41 run (Tveter kick), 0:26 

Second Quarter

P — Gennaro Marra 32 run (Tveter kick), 7:46

P — Gannon Fast 79 run (kick blocked), 5:38

P — Jon Cooper 35 fumble return (Tveter kick), 1:04 

Third Quarter

P — Brady Day 14 run (Matt Small kick), 9:28

Fourth Quarter

Team — scoring play, time



RUSHING: Pinkerton (24-341) — Gannon Fast 2-87, Gennaro Marra 4-65, Evan Wilson 1-41, Nick Lombard 2-10, Aiden Goujon 2-10, Avery Battle 1-19, Brady Day 2-30, Jake McInnis 2-19, Jeff Potvin 2-3, William Brown 2-9, Marcus Terrio 1-4, Andrew Guillmette 1-2, Robert Leake 1-4, Jon Cooper 1-2; Spaulding (43-112) —  Kealian Craig 15-39, Kaeden Dixon 9-56, Noah McCann 8-7, Redell Baldwin 4-13, George Jimenez 2-11, Max Frost 1-(-6), Ryan Lane 4-(-8)

PASSING: Pinkerton — Goujon 2-2-0, 57; Spaulding — McCann 2-6-0, 67

RECEIVING: Pinkerton — Ryan Auger 2-57; Spaulding — Lane 2-67

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