CHELMSFORD — It was Andover football’s eighth straight victory, the most to start a season since 2004 and one win from matching the best start for the program since The Andover Townsman began keeping records in 1982.
But last Friday was special. Last Friday was Chelmsford.
“This is our biggest win of the year,” said linebacker Adam Ladd. “This has a very special meaning to us. None of us have ever beat Chelmsford at any level, so this is a really big deal.”
The Golden Warriors jumped out to a fast 14-point lead five minutes into play and never let up, crushing defending MVC Division 1 champion Chelmsford 42-22.
Heading into the game, the Lions had won 12 of their last 13 matchups against Andover, and owned a 5-22-1 advantage over the Warriors.
But that dominance would not be the case in 2012.
“We have wanted to beat Chelmsford since middle school,” said Andrew Deloury. “It has just been forever, so to finally overcome that is a really big deal for us. It is the best feeling I could imagine.”
Andover’s last varsity football win over Chelmsford was in 2009, which snapped a 10-game losing skid.
“We knew we could beat them,” said receiver Cam Farnham. “Besides Central Catholic on Thanksgiving, Chelmsford is our biggest game of the year, so this is huge.”
The Golden Warriors started fast. On their first possession of the game, QB C.J. Scarpa connected with Deloury on a 38-yard touchdown. After Ladd booted a perfect on-sides kick on the following kickoff, Scarpa needed just four plays add another score, hooking up with receiver Will Heikkinen for a 21-yard score.
After allowing one score, Andover just kept rolling. Scarpa and Jack Sylvester each rushed for a touchdown, Scarpa tossed a 12-yard TD to Farnham and Brandon Marti’s 8-yard score made it 42-8 before the third quarter was over.