Londonderry took an early 20-0 lead and cruised past Dover, 40-21, in an interdivision matchup.

Kyle Connor certainly made the most of his two carries, scoring on runs of 24 and 78 yards. Alex Theodhosi ran for three touchdowns and led the Lancers with 174 rushing yards.

Ryan Griffin was all over the field between passing, receiving and rushing. He rushed for 87 yards on nine carries and scored a touchdown.

Fourth-seeded Londonderry will play at the winner of today's Pinkerton-Nashua South game next week in the Division 1 semifinals.

Pinkerton's Div. 1 streak snapped

Pinkerton dropped to No. 2 in the New Hampshire Division 1 playoffs, which start next week. It will host No. 3 Manchester West Saturday at 1 p.m. West qualified by beating Salem on Friday.

The loss snapped a 22-game Division 1 winning streak for the Astros, including four tournament games, two of which were state championships. It was Nashua South that handed them their last Division 1 loss, a 13-7 overtime defeat on Oct. 14, 2005. Pinkerton also fell to Brockton (Mass.) two weeks ago.

Pinkerton managed only 129 yards of total offense, its fewest since gaining only 126 yards in a 24-6 loss to Nashua in Week 7 of the 2002 season. The Astros also gained just 97 yards on the ground, the first time they failed to break 100 yards rushing in a game since Week 2 of the 2004 season, a loss to Concord.

"We couldn't get the offense going after the first drive, then we had a couple turnovers," said Mike Crupi, a linebacker, fullback and kicker for the Astros. "The defense stepped it up in the second half, but it wasn't enough. We needed to step it up sooner."

The Astros allowed 269 yards to Nashua South and forced them to punt only twice | the final two possessions of the game. But after the game's opening drive, it looked as if it would be Pinkerton's day once again.

The Astros took the opening kickoff and executed a picture-perfect 10-play drive that resulted in a 4-yard touchdown run for Crupi. After he added the point-after, it was 7-0 Pinkerton.

Pinkerton managed only three first downs after that drive, and never advanced past the Nashua 30-yard line. Astros quarterback Peter Mazzola struggled, completing only two of nine passes for 32 yards and was picked off three times.

Boys Cross Country

Pietrocarlo leads local runners at Meet of Champions

Pinkerton's Chris Pietrocarlo took 18th in 16:18.0 over 3.1 miles to lead the Astros to a fourth-place finish with a score of 151 at the New Hampshire Meet of Champions in Nashua. Con-Val was first with a 36.

Andrew Chalmers was the next runner in for Pinkerton in 16:38.4, Jake Hawkins was 39th in 16:44.5 and Jonathan Sears was 51st in 16:55.4.

Londonderry's Matt Travalini was 20th overall in 16:21.2 to help the Lancers finish eighth (218). Lancer Justin Walker finished in 42nd place in 16:45.5.

Girls Cross Country

Trujilo finishes in top 10 for Astros

Paced by Aryon Trujilo, who took 10th in 19:03, Pinkerton took fourth in the New Hampshire Meet of Champions with a 153. Hanover took first with a 29.

Sarah Titus (19:52) was next for the Astros in 36th place, Lauren Shuffleton (19:59) was in 41st and Leanne Schindler (20:19) was in 51st place.

Box scores

Nashua South 30, Pinkerton 7

Nashua South (8-1, 7-1 Division 1): 7 13 7 3 -- 30

Pinkerton (7-2, 7-1 Division 1): 7 0 0 0 -- 7

First Quarter

P | Mike Crupi 4 run (Crupi kick), 5:39

NS | David Zocco 4 run (Cam DiCecca kick), 3:27

Second Quarter

NS | Billy Ferriter 1 run (DiCecca kick), 10:04

NS | Cory Boudreau 1 run (kick failed), 8:07

Third Quarter

NS | Zocco 10 run (DiCecca kick), 2:03

Fourth Quarter

NS | DiCecca 34 field goal, 11:57


RUSHING: P (36-97) | Bobby Dattilo 9-31, Mike Crupi 7-31, Michael Mazzola 3-19, Peter Mazzola 10-9, Chris George 1-6, Eric Guinto 5-2, Scott Lafleur 1-(-1); NS (40-175) | David Zocco 17-92

PASSING: P | P. Mazzola 2-9-3, 32; NS | Bily Ferriter 10-14-2, 94

RECEIVING: P | Guinto 2-27, Crupi 1-5; NS | Nick Fredricksen 1-39,Cory Boudreau 4-28, Nick Haskell 4-27, Zocco 1-0

Londonderry 40, Dover 21

Londonderry (7-3, 5-3 Division 1): 14 6 13 7 -- 40

Dover (6-4, 6-3 Division 2): 0 7 14 0 -- 21

First Quarter

L | Kyle Connor 24 run (Cody Byrd kick), 10:05

L | Alex Theodhosi 7 run (Byrd kick), 2:15

Second Quarter

L | Connor 78 run (kick failed), 7:46

D | Robert Teixeira 3 run (Noah Kabbara kick), 2:45

Third Quarter

D | Jared Cheever 5 run (kick failed), 7:48

D | Kyle Williams 5 pass from Matt Kimball (Justin Dube run), 2:46

L | Theodhosi 40 run (Byrd kick), 6:18

L | Theodhosi 10 run (Pass fail), 1:03

Fourth Quarter

L | Ryan Griffin 39 run (Byrd kick), 9:29


RUSHING: Londonderry (36-352) | Alex Theodhosi 19-174, Kyle Connor 2-102, Ryan Griffin 9-87, Scott Worth 1-6, Mike Simpson 2-1, Connor McKinney 1-0, Adam Bardwell 2-(-18); Dover 30-9

PASSING: L | Ryan Griffin 1-1-0, 10 yards; Craig Enos 1-4-0, 15 yards; D | 21-34-3, 241 yards

RECEIVING: L | Scott Worth 1-10, Ryan Griffin 1-15

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