Saturday, November 22, 2014
Pinkerton Crushes Bedford 37-0, O'Reilly Wins 11th D-I State Title
Junior RB/DB TJ Urbanik rushed for 247 yards and 2 touchdowns, plus intercepted 2 passes on defense. QB Jack Hanaway rushed for 38 yards, passed for 38 yards and rushed for 3 TDs. While those 2 will get the headlines (and deservedly so) this was a team effort fr Pinkerton. The Astros are undefeated state champs and won the title game 37-0, despite playing without 2 of their best players FB/LB Jason Hansen and OL/DL Hayden Studevevant. Hansen has been out with a knee injury and Sturdevant has been out with a back injury. Other guys stepped up, including Justin Poitras, Austin Whitehead, Bryson Pacocha, Noah Robison, Mike Curley, Peter Cyr, Nick Coombs and Michael Martinoli.
"It's a great TEAM, We have no superstars - although TJ is pretty darn good" said Pinkerton head coach Brian O'Reilly, who won his 11th D-I state championship. "We haven't had Sturdevant for the past month. We could have used him at tackle, but Pacocha stepped in. This year I felt we needed out seniors to step up and be leaders. Justin Poitras did that, and so did Jason Hansen before he got hurt."
Pinkerton had been in the D-I title game 10 of the past 11 years. This was their first title since 2010. Last year they lost in the final to Concord who went undefeated.
"We still remember that 42-14 loss to Concord like it was yesterday" said Hanaway, a Bedford resident. "We worked all year to make up for it."
Pinkerton showed that they are hands down the best team in the state. And with the way they dominated teams all year long they are one of the top teams in all of New England. The Astros jumped on top early. Riley Cahill made a good deflection, and then later Urbanik made his first INT of the game on a Tyler Cibotti pass to give PA the ball. They had good field position on the Bedford 42 yard line. Then on a crucial 4th and 1 attempt from the BHS 33 yard line Urbanik ran for 7 and the 1st down. Urbanik capped the drive with a 15 yard TD run. Pinkerton takes a 7-0 lead with 7:34 left in the 1st quarter.
Bedford ball trying to answer back. Pacocha and Markaveus Barnes team up for a good tackle for no gain. Bedford was forced to punt, and Nick Coombs returned the punt fro deep in his own end all the way to the BHS 16 yard line. Pinkerton had tremendous field position pn the Bulldogs' 16, but couldn't do much with it. Tommy O'Rourke made a nice tackle and the Astros were forced to kick a field goal. Kyle Canatalupo's kick from 36 yards out was good and it was 10-0 Pinkerton with 4:37 left in the 1st quarter.
Bedford ball, but again they struggled t move the chains. Robison made a good tackle. There were no running lanes for RB Colin Cashin. They did complete a solid 1st down pass on 3rd and 5 from their own 33 with Cibotti connecting with Andrew Penascovic for a 12 yard gain. But then the drive stalled and Bedford punted away.
Pinkerton ball, way back on their own 24 yard line. They go on a 76 yard drive, ending with a 1 yard TD keeper by Hanaway. O'Rourke made another good play on 'D' with a sack, but then Nico Buccieri picked up a 13 yard run. The 1st quarter ended with PA leading 10-0. Adan Stone made a nice tackle in the backfield, but then ran for a 12 yard gain on 3rd and 4 from his own 44 yard line. Hanaway then connected with Urbanik for a 21 yard pass, followed by a completion to Whitehead for 16 yards, which set up 1st and goal on the 1. Hanaway ran it in from there, and it was 17-0 Astros, with 8:18 left in the 2nd quarter.
Brett Dattilo picked off Cibotti on Bedford's ensuing drive. Cibotti was now 2/9 passing with 2 INTs. Pinkerton ball, but they were way back on their own 23. Bedford played some tough defense and forced a punt. Cantalupo made a good punt, pinning Bedford back deep in their own end. Cibotti threw a long pass, into double coverage. It was his third INT of the game, and the second pick of the game on 'D' for Urbanik. Pinkerton ball on their own 30 yard line. They quickly moved down the field though, as Cyr ran for a 12 yard gain, Urbanik had a 14 yard carry and then Hanaway ran in the 18 yard touchdown. He looked to pass initially, but when no one was open he ran it and had room up the middle. 23-0 Astros with 27 seconds remaining in the 1st half.
It was 23-0 Pinkerton at halftime. The 23 points the Astros scored in the 1st half was more points than Bedford had given up in an entire game all year.
Pinkerton ball to start the 2nd half. Bedford is down but they are still in it at this point. They need a stop here and then a score. They got a stop and ten came THIS close to a score. Bobby Heald, Daniel Flynn and Ryan Belz all stepped up on defense to make strong hits and force a Pnkerton punt, despite 1st down runs by Urbanik and Curley.
Then it's Bedford ball. A huge possession. If they score it's a 2 possession game and they're right back in it. Cyr and Poitras teamed up for a good tackle. Then Pacocha sacked the QB but was called for a facemask penalty. Austin D'Anjou was now in at QB for the Bulldogs, and he hit Penascovic for a 1st down pass. D'Anjou then ran for a 12 yard gain, setting up 1st and goal on the 3 yard line. This was the closest Bedford came to scoring all game. Pinkerton clamped down on defense, and then it was 4th and goal from the 7. D'Anjou's pass was complete to Thomas Reynolds but he was brought down just barely shy of the goal line. Turnover on downs.
Bedford got all the way down to the 1 yard line but was unable to score. So what did Pinkerton do next? Urbanik took the hand-off on a sweep, got to the edge and sprinted 94 yards up the left sideline for a TD. 30-0 Pinkerton after 3 quarters of play.
"I got some good blocks, then had to turn on the jets to get to the outside" said Urbanik.
The Bulldogs really need a score here but instead are forced to punt. Pinkerton gets the ball back, looking to add to their lead. But Conor Harrison and Eric Glassman made strong hits for Bedford. Then Urbanik broke a 21 yard run. Hanaway capped the drive with a 4 yard TD keeper. Now it was 37-0 Astros with 5:00 left in the 4th quarter. There was running time for the rest of the game and Pinkerton cruised to the victory and championship.
"We're not just a team, we're a family" said Urbanik, a candidate for Mr. Football and Gatorade Player of the Year. "I love these guys."