Pinkerton Academy routs Nashua North football

DERRY – There were things that Jason Robie thought his Nashua High School North football team might be able to do to have success Friday night against Pinkerton Academy.

But coming up with a game plan, and executing it, are two very different things.

A week after picking up over 400 yards of offense, the Titans managed just 59 yards against the Astros, and saw Pinkerton run its way to a 51-0 win in a Division I contest.

Pinkerton gained all of 399 yards on the ground, with Peter Cyr leading the way with 86 yards rushing and three touchdowns on four carries. T.J. Urbanik added 84 yards and a score and Jack Hanaway also rushed for a touchdown as the Astros (6-0) got out to a 37-0 lead at halftime.

“The scary thing is, you know what they’re going to run,” Robie said. “You try to come up with something to stop it, and I thought we had a manageable plan, but they’re just big and fast and we had no answers.”

The struggles came on both sides of the ball, as North (2-4) didn’t pick up a first down until midway through the second quarter and had just four total on the night.

In the first quarter, it was Pinkerton’s Justin Poitras ending the Titans’ drives. The senior linebacker intercepted a Colby Gunter pass on North’s opening possession to set up a 21-yard touchdown run by Urbanik.

On North’s next two drives, Poitras sacked Gunter for a 10-yard loss on third down, forcing the Titans to punt each time.

“He’s our captain and he certainly had a good game,” Pinkerton coach Brian O’Reilly said of Poitras. “We played very well in the first half on both sides of the ball. We did what we needed to do.”

The Astros scored on each of their first four drives, the first three of which all started in North’s side of midfield, and Pinkerton found the end zone on its sixth drive of the first half.

The Titans got 34 yards rushing from Max Fay and Connor Baldassaro added 17 yards, but no one else had more than 11. Gunter finished the game 3 of 6 passing for minus-1 yard.

“We put a game plan in place and we tried to do things that we thought would help,” Robie said. “They countered that pretty well. We’re a run-the-football team and we tried to do some stuff that we thought would be more successful, but it didn’t work.”