Unbeaten Pinkerton punishes Timberlane

PLAISTOW — Peter Cyr may be foiling the defensive strategy of Pinkerton’s future foes. Michael Curley may be, too.
Timberlane found this out Friday night in the unbeaten Astros’ 42-7 victory,
The Owls put most of their focus on T.J. Urbanik. The junior standout was impressive enough, rushing for first quarter TDs of 64 and 47 yards and finishing with 144 yards on just nine carries. But, for the second straight week, he had plenty of help, with Cyr leading the way.
Cyr scored on a 48-yard run on a reverse at the end of the second quarter and then closed Pinkerton’s scoring with a 45-yard burst up the middle in the third quarter, finishing with 97 yards on just three carries.
That gives Cyr, who also plays defense, 187 yards and five touchdowns over the last two weeks.
“The line’s really opening some great holes and teams are definitely keying on T.J., which opens things up for me and the other guys,” said Cyr, a 6-foot, 180-pounder.
“I think we’re playing really well. We’ve fixed our mistakes and we’re getting pumped up for the playoffs.”
Pinkerton coach Brian O’Reilly said that no one should be surprised by Cyr’s recent productivity.
“We’re developing depth and Peter has been good all along,” said O’Reilly. “He’s a tough, two-way player — pound for pound, he’s the toughest guy we’ve got.
“We’re running the ball really well. It’s a combination of the line — one of the biggest we’ve had — and the backs.”
The Astros, who rushed for 312 yards in the first half while taking a 35-0 lead, did show both good line play and hard running, resulting in six touchdowns in a limited number of plays.
Pinkerton (7-0) scored on drives of just 2, 3, 2, 4, 4 and 3 plays and no touchdowns covered less than 36 yards. Joining Urbanik and Cyr with long runs was Curley, with a 36-yard jaunt, and sophomore Nico Buccieri, who ran it in from 49 yards out.
“We’re trying to progress every week and get through injury free, which I think we did tonight,” said O’Reilly.
Defensively, Curley was effective from his linebacking slot and Cyr, lineman Noah Robison and defensive back Isaiah Backels made it tough on the Owls (2-5).
Also, junior Kyle Cantalupo was 6 for 6 in extra points.
Timberlane scored its lone touchdown on a 3-yard run by Tyler Furey in the third quarter and showed some flashes of a balanced attack thanks to freshman receiver Brendan Frezza, who caught four passes for 115 yards.
Frezza showed good moves after making the catch and hauled in a beautiful 51-yard bomb down the sidelines from quarterback Jason Hughes that set up Furey’s TD.

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Brooks stumbles to Governor's

NORTH ANDOVER — Brooks has suffered more than its share of losses the past four years, but maybe none of them stung quite as much as the one last night.

That in itself might be the biggest proof the Green and White are headed in the right direction.

Looking for its first victory over perennial power Governor's Academy in five years, Brooks held its own, but was unable to build off the pregame hype in a 25-6 loss. Governor's, which has won at least a share of the Independent School League regular-season title each of the past three years, has now won 30 of its past 31 games.

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Haverhill clinched MVC Small title with defensive dominance

HAVERHILL — It was Haverhill football’s motto from the first day of camp to the fourth quarter on Saturday.

“This is our time!” they yelled.

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Turnovers doom Big Blue

SUFFIELD, Conn. — Suffield Academy took advantage of four Phillips Academy interceptions and rolled to a 34-0 win.

The hosts were led by 6-4, 285-pound lineman Christian Wilkins, who is being wooed by Penn State, BC and a host of other bigtime schools.

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Windham blasts lead, stops Pelham

WINDHAM – In a flash, Pelham High witnessed first-hand the explosiveness that is Windham High football.

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Gramstorff sparks big-play Whittier

TYNGSBORO — When Robby Gramstorff woke up yesterday he didn't know there would be a trophy up for grabs let alone it would be his.

The one thing certain by the end of the afternoon was that he earned the recognition.

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Matthews' last minute TD lifts Sanborn

SWANZEY -Zach Matthews rushed 23 times for 149 yards but his biggest run came with about 30 seconds left. Matthews sprinted into the end zone from six yards out to break a 6-6 tie and lift Sanborn to a 12-6 victory on the road. Monadnock had tied the game 6-6 with about 2:30 remaining in the fourth. Mike D'Amelio's 70 punt return gave the Indians a 6-0 edge in the third quarter. D'Amelio added 12 yards on three carries. QB Christian Ehlers rushed four times for 66 yards. Cam MacNeil and Shawn Gowans each made interceptions to lead the Sanborn defense. The Indians improved to 3-3 and Monadnock dropped to 2-3. Sanborn 12, Monadnock 6 Sanborn (3-3): 0 0 6 6 - 12 Monadnock (2-4): 0 0 0 6 -  6 Third Quarter S - Mike D'Amelio 70 punt return (kicked failed) Fourth Quarter S - Zach Matthews 6 run (kicked failed) INDIVIDUAL LEADERS RUSHING: S - Zach Matthews 23-149, Christian Ehlers 4-66, Mike D'Amelio 3-12, Nate King 2-16, Shawn Gowans 8-3 PASSING: S - Ehlers 0-2-0, 0 yards

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Nichols returns from preseason injury to lead North Andover to dominant win over Methuen

NORTH ANDOVER — Breyin Nichols had been dreaming of the moment each and every day since early August.

So when he touched the ball, the senior captain was going to make it count.

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Londonderry runs away with win

HUDSON — Londonderry quarterback Eric Fairweather rushed 14 times for 183 yards and one touchdown to lead Londonderry 41-15 over Alrvine. The Lancers (6-1) led by just a touchdown at halftime but used their rushing game and defense to finish off Alvirne in the second half.  Londonderry totaled 387 yards on the ground to Alvirne’s 117. The Lancers recorded 413 total yards while Alvirne had 325 yards more plays. But Alvirne had two costly interceptions. Lancers’  Jimmy Nee intercepted a pass and returned it for a touchdown during the fourth quarter. Dennis Bishop rushed three times for 84 and a TD while Kyle Byrd carried six times for 68 yards. Michael Ryan added four carries for 50 yards and a touchdown. Londonderry hosts Nashua South next week and then travels to Salem the following week to finish out its regular season. 


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Sibanda scores 3 TDs in Salem shutout

MERRIMACK - Charles Sibanda rushed for 146 yards and scored three times as Salem improved to 6-1 by thrashing Merrimack 28-0 Friday night.

"Charles has been great all year for us," said Blue Devils coach Rob Pike. 

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