Friday, September 9, 2016

Goffstown Wins Thriller at Pinkerton

By: Ross Laorenza
The Goffstown Grizzlies improved to 2-0 with an impressive 37-33 road win at Pinkerton. Nikolas Moquin connected with Carter Cormier for a 23 yard go-ahead TD pass with 1:12 remaining in the game. Pinkerton would drive within striking distance, but Charles Keith intercepted an Aiden Goujon pass, in the end zone to seal the victory.

Goffstown jumped out an early 14-0 lead thanks to touchdown passes from Moquin to Franklin Castillo-Diaz and Jared Heidenreich. The big play ability of the Pinkerton offense really kept them in the game. Sophomore Aiden Goujon got the Astors on the board when he connected with Nico Buccieri for a 70 yard touchdown pass. Castillo-Diaz ran the ensuing kickoff out to mid-field and just 6 plays later Moquin would scamper in to the end zone putting Goffstown back up by 14.

The lead would not last though. A sensational, one-handed grab by Kayden Baillargeon resulted in an 89 yard catch and run on the first play of Pinkerton's next possession. The defender covering him was even flagged for pass interference on the play, but Baillargeon still hung on to the ball. Remarkable play by the junior.

Goffstown would counter again with a touchdown pass from Moquin to Castillo-Diaz. Castillo-Diaz worked his way from the near side, juking three defenders on his way to a 27 yard score. That touchdown really quieted the Pinkerton crowd, but they were back on their feet just two plays later. Ty Hicks got behind the coverage and caught a 79 yard touchdown pass from Goujon. His blazing speed helped him pull away from the pursuing defensive backs. We would go into halftime with that score; Goffstown: 28, Pinkerton: 21.

Goffstown opened the scoring in the second half with a filed goal from Sam Heidenreich. Heidenreich had missed a kick short as time expired in the first half, but showed some resiliency when he was called upon again.

Down 10, Pinkerton would make a big push throughout the rest of the 3rd quarter. A 79 yard rush from Ty Hicks got the momentum moving in the Astros favor. Their defense found a way to stifle the Grizzlies and held them scoreless for the rest of the third. A beautiful rainbow pass from Goujon to Baillargoen gave Pinkerton their first lead of the game with just over three minutes to go in the 3rd. The extra point was blocked leaving the score at 33-31 Pinkerton Academy.

The Astros had a chance to add to their lead, but a costly fumble at the goal line by Nico Buccieri turned the ball over the Goffstown. The Grizlies got out of the shadow of their end zone with a huge 4th and 2 conversion by Castillo-Diaz. He ran a jet sweep off-tackle, to the right for a 35 yard gain. The drive would stall, but Goffstown was able to flip field position into their favor.

Pinkerton would gain two first downs before their drive would also stall, returning possession to Goffstown with 2:20 remaining. From there Mouquin would engineer a 7 play, 92 yard drive to put the Grizzlies back in the lead. 37-33. Pinkerton looked like they had a few more big plays left in them and quickly advanced into scoring position. With 17 seconds to go Goujon's final pass of the night was intercepted in the end zone by Charles Keith. One kneel down ended the game. Final score, Goffstown: 37, Pinkerton: 33.

Both quarterbacks showed some impressive skills tonight, throwing for 4 touchdowns each. Nikolas Moquin added a 5th score on the ground. Pinkerton's skill players have speed to burn. Some of those first half big plays wouldn't have been possible without the separation they were able to get on the outside. The Astros will look to rebound next Friday against rival Salem, while Goffstown will try to make to 3-0 at home against Timberlane on Saturday.

From Memorial Field in Derry; Ross Laorenza: New Hampshire Notebook

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