It was the last game played during week 1 of the New Hampshire high school football season, and it also just so happened to be the one that was hyped up the most. Pinkerton is the biggest school in NH, and the defending Division I champs. Bishop Guertin is the most talked about school in NH high school sports, and they're the 3-time defending D-II champs. So as you can imagine there was a lot of build up for this one.
But once the team's actually kicked things off, we saw the mistakes and sloppy play that is expected in an early season game that doesn't count in the standings. BG was plagued by penalties and fumbles all game, while Pinkerton turned the ball over three times inside the Guertin 15 yard line in the 1st half alone.
In the end, it was the Astros who pulled out a 16-0 win, behind a strong defensive effort and two 2nd half rushing touchdowns by junior quarterback Chris St. Onge.
Astros Finally Cash in On Trips to Red Zone
After turning it over three times in the red zone, the Astros finally took advantage of their opportunities in the 2nd half. St. Onge ran in touchdowns of 11 and 12 yards, respectively. If the Astros scored on their other trips to the red zone as well, this could have easily been a 37-0 game.
"We definitely have some things to correct on offense" said Pinkerton head coach Brian O'Reilly. "They didn't stop us on offense, we stopped ourselves. We need to be more consistent, and better in short yardage situations."
Cardinals Shutout in Cote's 1st Game as Coach
Getting shutout at home is certainly not how Travis Cote envisioned making his debut as the BG head football coach. Guertin just could not get in a rhythm offensively, and they had far too many penalties (especially false starts) and fumbles. Cote takes over as coach for Tony Johnson, who led the program to 6 D-II titles in the last 7 years.
"We need to eliminate the penalties and the false starts" said Cote. "It's been a problem for us in practice as well, we just need to fix it."
Next Saturday: Nashua South vs. Pinkerton
It's still VERY early, but as of right now Pinkerton and South are not only the two best teams in D-I, but the two best teams in the entire state.
"I'm already thinking about that game" said O'Reilly after his team's win over Bishop Guertin. "That is quite possibly a preview of a late season game."