Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


October 20, 2012

Andover rolls in Chelmsford warmup

SOMERVILLE — Just a week away from a crucial battle against a longtime nemesis, Andover wanted to be sure to avoid a slipup on a rain-soaked night.

And the Golden Warriors did just that in their warm-up for their MVC Division 1 opener, easily rolling over winless Somerville 34-6 on Friday.

That made Andover 7-0 heading into its battle with league rival Chelmsford, a game that could be a major factor in the Golden Warriors’ quest for their second playoff berth in three years.

“Oh, man, Chelmsford is a big game,” said quarterback C.J. Scarpa. “We are heading into the most important part of our season with four huge games, especially Chelmsford.”

Andover will be traveling to Chelmsford on Friday to face a Lions team that has given the Golden Warriors fits over the years.

“They beat us as freshmen, then beat us sophomore year and junior year (on varsity),” said linebacker Jake Flaherty. “As seniors, if we can get a win against Chelmsford it would be huge. It is going to be an intense week.”

In fact, the Lions have been a thorn in the Golden Warriors’ side for decades. Last season’s 48-28 Chelmsford win marked the 12th time in 13 years that the Lions defeated Andover, and since The Eagle-Tribune began keeping complete records in 1984, the Golden Warriors are 5-22-1 against Chelmsford.

“We’re not worried about that,” said Golden Warriors coach E.J. Perry. “We’re worried about 2012 and how we are playing now.”

Chelmsford is coming off a near upset of Central Catholic on Saturday, falling 28-21 after the Raiders scored with less than a minute to play. The Lions also had a last-second Hail Mary that was stopped at the Central 18.

“Chelmsford is a very good team,” said Scarpa. “As seniors we have worked so hard to finally beat them. They are tough, but we feel like we can beat them.”

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