As expected, the scuffling Timberlane Regional High School Owls proved no trouble to the undefeated Pinkerton Academy football team when those two contingents met in Plaistow last Friday night, Oct. 17.
Coach Brian O’Reilly’s now 7-0 academy team powered its way to the first 35 points of the evening – tallying a 35-0 lead by halftime – on the way to the lopsided, 42-7 thumping of an opponent that slid to 2-5 overall with the third loss in its last four contests.
The Astros got two touchdowns from star junior running back T.J. Urbanik in the first quarter and then bagged 21 more unanswered points in the second period in building up a huge lead that surprised nobody.
Pinkerton collected nearly 400 yards through its ground game (377) on the evening, with Urbanik tallying 144 on nine carries and Peter Cyr notching almost 100 (97) on just three carries.
Urbanik began the scoring by reaching pay-dirt on sprints of 64 and 47 yards in the first quarter as the visitors ran out to a 14-0 advantage in the first 12 minutes of action.
The locals’ lead grew further in period two as Mike Curley ran for a 36-yard touchdown, Nico Buccieri covered 49 yards on a scoring run, and Cyr jaunted 48 yards for yet more points.
The host side buried Pinkerton’s shutout hopes by scoring a touchdown mid-way through the third quarter to make it a 35-7 game, but Pinkerton then got the last word on the scoring front when Cyr tallied his second touchdown of the night on a 45-yard sprint.
The host Owls had some success throwing the football, collecting 162 yards through the air. But that success made no difference to the outcome of the lopsided contest.