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North Andover Scarlet Knights Football '08

Masconomet's experience outduels North Andover

NORTH ANDOVER — For a little more than the opening  quarter, North Andover gave the already-crowned Cape Ann League champions a battle in their traditional Thanksgiving morning meeting.

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Football, 11/27/08 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

MASCONOMET AT NORTH ANDOVER

All but one of Masconomet's eight Thanksgiving wins over North Andover have come since 1997. Five of those seven victories have happened this decade.

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Football, 11/26/08 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Walsh gives Knights a puncher’s chance

The storybook ending to Brandon Walsh’s wild freshman season ends with an upset victory over three-time defending Cape Ann League Large champion Masconomet.

Roaring into high gear at 7-3 after an 0-3 start, the league champion Chieftains have other ideas, namely prepping for the Eastern Mass. Division 2A semifinal game Tuesday with Gloucester.

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Football, 11/26/08 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Pentucket runs away from North Andover

NORTH ANDOVER — The start certainly wasn’t a tip-off to the finish.

Both Pentucket and North Andover had its offenses clicking from the get-go. Scarlet Knight freshman quarterback Brandon Walsh and wideout Aaron Brunette were an unstoppable team while the special teams created excellent field position. On the other side, the offensive line for the Sachems made stars of the backfield while converting almost every third- and fourth-down attempt, giving the Green a 20-14 edge at the break.

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Football, 11/14/08 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Pentucket runs away from North Andover

NORTH ANDOVER — The start certainly wasn’t a tip-off to the finish.

Both Pentucket and North Andover had its offenses clicking from the get-go. Scarlet Knight freshman quarterback Brandon Walsh and wideout Aaron Brunette were an unstoppable team while the special teams created excellent field position. On the other side, the offensive line for the Sachems made stars of the backfield while converting almost every third- and fourth-down attempt, giving the Green a 20-14 edge at the break.

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Football, 11/14/08 » 2 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Walsh, Knights fall short in upset bid

NORTH ANDOVER ­— Brandon Walsh is North Andover’s future. But as each week passes, it becomes more and more evident that the future has arrived.

The freshman quarterback nearly engineered the upset but the Scarlet Knights suffered a disappointing 27-21 loss to Wilmington.

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Football, 11/08/08 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Knights prevail in 2 OTs

BYFIELD — It figures that on Halloween night, the number 13 would be a factor.

Triton never led against North Andover but haunted the visitors throughout regulation and two overtime sessions. After a quick-strike TD brought the Vikings within a conversion of another deadlock,  senior linebacker Ricky Williams pulled down running quarterback Sam Ferrara three yards short of the end zone. Williams’ 13th tackle of the game rewarded the clutch passing of Brandon Walsh with a 37-35 victory.

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Football, 11/01/08 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Two straight for Lawrence

Lawrence: Lawrence running back Francis Nova cuts down field during Thursday night's game with North Andover in Lawrence. Photo by Roger Darrigrand/Eagle-Tribune. Thursday, October 23, 20085 Photos

LAWRENCE — Every time the North Andover High football team sniffed some life at Veterans Stadium last night, Anthony DeJesus popped up and choked the Knights out.

DeJesus, a lightly-regarded senior reserve when this season began, stung North Andover in all phases of the game, leading suddenly-surging Lawrence High to a 20-14, history-making win.

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Football, 10/23/08 » 1 Comment & 0.0 Stars

A pair of plays dooms Knights

NORTH ANDOVER — Out of last night’s 106 plays, two were all that separated North Andover and Staples.

In what was otherwise an even game, a pair of one-play breakdowns doomed the Knights, as they fell to Staples (Conn.) 23-8 at Walsh Stadium last night.

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Football, 10/17/08 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

North Andover, Medford

NORTH ANDOVER — Zac Iovanella was given the keys to the offense and the Scarlet Knights jumped on board to assist him shift the gears. Facing a Medford team which plays in the Greater Boston League, which is three divisions above the Cape Ann League, the Knights tried Iovanella with all sorts of misdirection plays in the first half before finally coasting to a 27-18 victory. “We had a good week of practice in getting our techniques down,” emphasized wide receiver senior Christopher Buco. “Tonight was a wake-up call, especially in the second half, for what we can do.” The Knights welcomed back Iovanella from an ankle injury and he proclaimed himself 100 percent after the game. Head coach John Rafferty threw his star at the baffled Mustangs with slants and sweeps until winless Medford was forced to focus almost exclusively on the slippery back. Although Iovanella’s numbers (28 carries, 126 yards) were impressive enough, they don’t begin to show the effect he had on the game. “Iovanella reads on the go and is capable of going inside or outside,” said Rafferty. “He has a great first step.” There were noticeable contributions available by the rest of the offense as Medford scurried all over the field looking for Iovanelli. “ (Quarterback) Brandon Walsh has some good runs,” Rafferty noted, “and our kicker (Dylan Lurvey) is really improving in his first year kicking. That’s a luxury many other teams don’t have.” Lurvey hit 3 of 4 extra point kicks and added a 42-yard punt with no return. As for Walsh, Iovanella added, “Brandon will be great and he’s only a freshman.” The Knights play Staples of Westport, Conn., next week in North Andover. Staples has four class state titles in Connecticut. “Our biggest challenge is the defense knowing their assignments,” said Iovanella, “but I expect we can give them a game.”

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Football, 10/11/08 » 2 Comments & 0.0 Stars
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