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Andover Golden Warriors Football '08

McConnell, Hennessy too much for Central

Andover:Andover's Christopher McConnell hauls in a long pass for a touchdown while Central Catholic's Nygil Nelson pursues during Andover's 26-17 win at Lovely Field. Roger Darrigrand The Eagle-Tribune6 Photos

ANDOVER — The moment the ball fell into Sean Ehlbeck’s hands, it was clear fate was on Andover’s side.

“The play we supposed to go to the other side of the field,” said Ehlbeck. “I saw (quarterback John Hennessy) scrambling. He threw it up over me, so I flowed with it and figured I’d give it a shot. It was tipped, fell into my hands, and it went from there.”

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

Central’s ground game meets Andover’s aerial attack

Andover:Andover's Christopher McConnell hauls in a long pass for a touchdown while Central Catholic's Nygil Nelson pursues during Andover's 26-17 win at Lovely Field. Roger Darrigrand The Eagle-Tribune6 Photos

Both long ago out of the MVC race, Central Catholic and Andover had hoped for more. But a win on Thanksgiving Day heals many wounds.

“Winning on Thanksgiving would make our season,” said Andover defensive lineman Jake Lebowitz. “Even if we went 0-10, then beat Central, it would be a good season.”

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

Central Catholic at Andover

Andover:Central Coach Chuck Adamopoulos gives an official an ear full during half-time of Andover's 26-17 win at Lovely Field. Roger Darrigrand The Eagle-Tribune6 Photos

Andover kicker Matt Murray's 41-yard field goal against Methuen ties the longest by a Golden Warrior since The Eagle-Tribune began keeping the record in 1983.

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Football, 11/25/08 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Methuen keeps rolling

METHUEN — Judging by the tears Methuen’s Justin Marsan was pushing away from his red eyes after the game, this was not just another win for the Rangers.

“It’s been a long time since we’ve been here,” said the emotional Marsan. “From where we were the last few years, you would never think that we would be back to where we are now. It is just overwhelming.”

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Football, 11/15/08 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Dover too much for Warriors

DOVER, N.H. —  Dover racked up 178 yards on the ground, edging Andover 29-21.

"It was tough for us to get off the field," coach Ken Maglio said. 

Chris Newton had a big game on defense, recording a sack and nine tackles. Quarterback John Hennessy was also exceptional, rushing for 71 yards on 12 carries and throwing for 199 yards (17 for 29) and a touchdown. 

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Football, 11/07/08 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Golden Warriors miss late opportunity, fall to Lowell

ANDOVER — The chance was there for Andover. But it could not take advantage.

The Golden Warriors drove to the Lowell 6-yard line with 25 seconds remaining in the game. But a botched snap and three incomplete passes later, Andover fell to the Red Raiders 27-20 last night.

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

Hennessy, Devine clutch for Andover

HAVERHILL — With Haverhill moving the ball at will, Andover needed to make a statement. So the Golden Warriors turned the ball over to their backfield duo.

Quarterback John Hennessy and halfback Tucker Devine responded with two long touchdown drives, almost entirely on the ground, to clinch Andover’s 40-27 victory over the pesky Hillies last night.

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Football, 10/25/08 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Dracut onslaught buries Andover

DRACUT — The frustrated defensive back fired the water cooler against the turf.

 He had plenty of reason to be angry.

The Golden Warriors had no answers for pass-happy MVC co-leader Dracut last night in a lopsided 55-25 loss.

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Football, 10/18/08 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Andover, Tewksbury

ANDOVER: Andover Golden Warrior, Tucker Devine sprints up the middle in football action. Andover defeated Tewksbury 12-7.3 Photos

ANDOVER — Steven LaFortune saw the play developing in front of him.

"It was a cover-1 so I had the first man out of the backfield," he said. "He was quicker than me, bit I made a good read, got my hands in the air and knocked the ball down.

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

McConnell's big day can't save Andover

ANDOVER — The opportunity was there for Andover.

The Golden Warriors had unbeaten Billerica at fourth-and-10 with 2:11 left to play near midfield. But despite heavy pressure by Andover, the Indians completed the pass and ran out the clock for a 35-27 win last night.

“That was a killer,” said Andover coach Ken Maglio. “We came out in a funk in the first half, but we were a different team in the second half.”

The Golden Warriors trailed 28-13 at the break. But they cut into the lead on the first play of the second half when John Hennessy hit Chris McConnell on a 6-yard touchdown pass.

The Indians responded with a score of their own on brilliant freshman Nicholas Laspada’s third TD pass of the night. They then started another drive, but Matt Washburn recovered a fumble. Six plays later, Hennessy hit McConnell on an out, and the track star used his speed to turn and outrun the defender for a 17-yard TD.

But Billerica recovered the onside kick, and managed a pair of first downs to run out the clock.

“We made some very impressive plays in the second half,” said Maglio. “We can play with any team in the MVC if we are focused. But we need to work on focusing. We didn’t come out to play early.”

It was a breakout game for juniors Hennessy and McConnell. The quarterback was 18-for-35 passing for a career-high 255 yards and four touchdowns, also a career best. Those numbers would have been better had it not been for a few drops, and a long pass that was called back for a block in the back.

Three of those scores went to McConnell, who set career highs in catches (7) and yards (101). He also showed stellar moves, faking out a number of defenders. His previous career highs were six catches for 62 yards in Week 2 against Boston College High School. Ryan Peek also stood out, catching four passes for 63 yards including the first score.

“They are very athletic and very quick,” said Billerica coach Peter Flynn. “I lost a lot of sleep worrying about that offense. They have speed and ability.”

Star defensive lineman Andrew Lebowitz led the Golden Warriors with 10 tackles. Washburn was next with eight, Jake Lebowitz had six and Nick Sylvester, Kevin Baroni and Steven LaFortune each made four stops.

Andover struggled with penalties. The Golden Warriors committed four personal fouls in the first half, and had the long pass play to Peek called back.

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Football, 10/04/08 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars
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