DERRY — The night began with a stupendous rendition of the national anthem performed by the 200-plus instruments formed in the union of two premier high school bands.
But that was just a prelude for the music a pair of quality running backs provided.
When it was over Jon Young had won the rushing battle, but Manny Latimore and his Pinkerton mates claimed the 35-14 victory over Londonderry. Not only was it the Astros’ 12th straight regular-season win in the rivalry, it also wrapped up a two-day stretch in which Pinkerton secured it’s 13th consecutive Mack Plaque Award in the all-sports matchup between the two.
“A victory is a victory,” said Latimore, who finished with 193 yards on 24 carries and scored the game’s first three touchdowns. “This was Mack Plaque, but this was any other game, and we needed to win it – Mack Plaque and all. We just want to keep it going all season.”
Latimore supplied the early charge for Pinkerton (3-1) in the battle between the Division 1 South members. His 14- and a 9-yard first-half touchdown runs were only a setup for a spectacular 95-yard kickoff return to begin the third quarter. On the kick, Latimore ran up on the ball only to see it fly over his head, forcing him to run 20 yards back.
“It was a deep ball and I just wanted to see what I could get out of it,” Latimore said. “I was not expecting a touchdown at all, but things like that happen in these type of games.”
Not to be outdone, Young answered with a sensational 74-yard scoring run on Londonderry’s next play from scrimmage to put the Lancers (2-2) on the board. Getting his most work of the season, Young finished with 197 yards on 17 carries. Six of his carries were for 10 yards or more.