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November 23, 2013

Murphy's Law

Concord, bad breaks and turnovers overwhelm Pinkerton

CONCORD — Anyone who ever wondered about the validity of Murphy’s Law should have been at Memorial Field yesterday afternoon.

That’s because whatever could go wrong for Pinkerton did just that in a 42-14 Division 1 championship loss to unbeaten Concord.

Costly fumbles, an interception, a blocked kick, penalties in key situations, tipped balls into the hands of an unintended receiver and an on-side kick that bounced high into the arms of a Concord linemen — it all happened to the Astros in what turned out to be a miserable game before an announced attendance of 5,684 fans.

“That’s a good way of putting it (Murphy’s Law) ... just about everything happened to us that could have happened,” said Pinkerton coach Brian O’Reilly. “But they also played a very good game and earned this.”

Ironically, the game started as if things would go Pinkerton’s way. The Astros kicked off, held Concord to negative-10 yards in three plays and then were the recipient of a shanked punt that went only 2 yards to the Crimson Tide’s 23 yard-line.

A 15-yard burst by Manny Latimore brought the ball down to the 8-yard-line, but Concord recovered a fumble on the next play and abruptly changed the momentum of the game, promptly driving 94 yards for its first of six touchdowns.

The key play on that first drive was a 46-yard pass from Rob Hall to ace receiver Seimou Smith (4 catches, 101 yards). Four plays later, shifty sophomore Leo Sudieh ran it in from 27 yards out for a 6-0 lead.

Pinkerton responded with its best drive of the game, of 64 yards, to take a 7-6 lead. A 12-yard pass from Jack Hanaway to Riley Cahill was pivotal on the drive, which sophomore T.J. Urbanik capped with a 5-yard run followed by a Kyle Cantalupo kick.

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