DERRY — Before a crowd of about 1,800 fans on a sunny Saturday afternoon, Pinkerton co-captain Luke Somers set the tone in the third quarter as the Astros opened their season at home with a resounding 42-15 victory over Timberlane.
With Pinkerton clinging to a 10-0 halftime lead, Somers swept left, got a nice block before making a nifty cut and then — after shaking a tackler at the 10-yard line — sprinted 70 yards for Pinkerton's second touchdown of the afternoon.
"That was a beautiful play," said Pinkerton coach Brian O'Reilly. "Luke got a good block right in front of me and then made the most of it."
That set the tone for an overwhelming second half that included five Pinkerton running touchdowns — two on counter plays of 78 and 18 yards by intriguing junior Emmitt Smith (5 carries, 147 yards) and TD runs of 20 and 21 yards by flashy freshman Manny Latinmore (5 carries, 69 yards), who also had a 30-yard scoring run called back by a penalty.
By the time all the numbers were added up, which included 124 yards of hard running by aggressive junior Kevin Davies in the first half, Pinkerton had amassed an astounding 543 rushing yards, including 425 by underclassmen.
While the defense — led by Davies at linebacker — generally played well, it softened a bit in the third quarter and seemed to feel the loss of sophomore Matt St. Onge, who left the game with a knee injury earlier in the quarter.
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