Sunday, October 28, 2012

Latimore and the Astros Crush Central

The Manchester Central Little Green hung right there with Pinkerton early on, but this game was simply dominated by junior RB/DB Manny Latimore and the rest of the Astros. Latimore had 161 yards rushing and 3 touchdowns on just 13 carries, plus 1 reception for 80 yards and another TD. That's a total of 241 yards and 4 TD's - not a bad day at the office!

Pinkerton was only up 14-0 at halftime, but they exploded for a whopping four touchdowns in the 3rd quarter. First Latimore caught a short pass and ran 80 yards up the right sideline for the score, then Brett Stuart intercepted a pass from Central QB Riley Cote and returned it 18 yards for a TD.

Then on the Astros' next possession on a sweep play to the left side Latimore got to the edge and ran 76 yards up the left sideline for his fourth TD of the game. That made it 35-0 Pinkerton with 2:40 left in the 3rd quarter. At that point both teams pulled their starters out and it was running time for the rest of the game.

Turnovers really hurt Central in this game. You had the interception that was returned for a TD by Stuart. But another turnover that hurt was on Central's first drive, when they got down to the Pinkerton 27 yard line and it was 4th down and 12. But then an incomplete pass by Cote (7/17 passing for 68 yards) resulted in a turnover on downs. The ensuing Astros drive resulted in a 12 yard TD run by Latimore, after both Chris St. Onge and Latimore had solid runs to set up the TD.

On Central's next possession they also turned it over, as a pass from Cote was tipped off the hands of intended receiver Troy Pelletier and then picked off by Pinkerton DB Jake Lisauskas. As a result Pinkerton started their next drive on the Central 33 yard line, and then Latimore ran in his second score of the game from 1 yard out. It was 14-0 Astros with 18.2 seconds left in the 1st quarter.

Central had 2 more drives in the 1st half, but RB David Weekly fumbled on one of them and on the next one they got all the way to the Pinkerton 9 yard line before turning it over on downs. Astros defensive end Andrew Ong made a big play to sack the QB on 4th down on the latter drive. The Little Green also had numerous penalties which hurt their cause.

Latimore had a great game for Pinkerton. He showed tremendous breakaway speed, has good vision and knows how to follow his blockers. But you also have to give credit to the guys blocking for him, like Chris and Matt St. Onge, Chris McDade and Jacob Whorf.

Pinkerton is playing some great football right now and it will be an absolute shocker if they D-I title game next month isn't the Astros vs. the Exeter Blue Hawks. Pinkerton has a very talented junior class, led by Latimore, LB Matt Madden, lineman Phil Harper and Lisauskas. With that core of guys it is safe to say the Astros will be one of the favorites next year as well.

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