This talented veteran defensive back had two pass interceptions and a fumble recovery during the D-I semifinal playoff win over Salem which put him and his Astros into the state title game.
In the moments following the Division I semifinal-round playoff football game between the Pinkerton Academy Astros and the Salem High Blue Devils in Salem last Saturday, it was easy to find folks who have followed that sport shaking their heads in disbelief at the contest they’d just watched.
The visiting Astros controlled play in the first half en route to a 31-13 halftime lead, but then saw previously-undefeated Salem dominate action in the third quarter and climb back to within three points of the lead at 31-28 as time in that period ebbed away.
Astro coach Brian O’Reilly then gathered his defensive unit around him as the fourth quarter was about to begin and exhorted them to dig down deep, forget the fact that Salem was surging at the time, and spearhead a victory for their team.
Well, the Astro defense did just that – with the team’s offense feeding off of the defensive intensity – and the academy gridders pounded their way to a stunning 45-28 victory which placed them into a D-I title match-up with the unbeaten Winnacunnet High Warriors from Hampton at the University of New Hampshire this coming Saturday night.
Yes, the “D” word can officially begin to be used regarding the Pinkerton Academy girls’ cross-country team.
The Lady Trailblazers of veteran coach Amy Bernard have won three consecutive Division I championships over the last three autumns, and the team pushed itself into the “DYNASTY” category last Saturday, Nov. 11 by notching its program’s first New England title since 1979 in Belfast, Maine.
The three-time defending state divisional champs finished with a team score of 163 to best 28 other teams, with the Bishop Guertin Cardinals from Nashua finishing as the runner-up crew with their point tally of 183. The Glastonbury, Vt. entry was a distant third with a 212 in that regional championship race run at the Troy Howard Middle School in Belfast.
“We couldn’t be prouder of these girls,” said coach Bernard, herself a former Pinkerton running standout. “They have worked hard all season, had terrific attitudes, and been focused on achieving this goal. It’s so rewarding to see their efforts pay off in such a huge way.”