The Andover High football team was still fed up about the loss nearly two months ago.
The Golden Warriors were also tired of hearing how Chelmsford football had dominated over the past two decades.
So last Friday, the Warriors did something about it.
Behind another huge day for running back Jack Sylvester and a career day for quarterback Oliver Eberth, Andover beat up on rival Chelmsford 26-14 at home at Eugene V. Lovely Field.
“I can’t even describe how great it feels to have this revenge victory on Chelmsford,” defensive lineman Ben Hartford said.
It was sweet redemption for the Warriors, who fell to the Lions 43-22 on Oct. 4.
It also marked Andover’s second victory in three meetings against Chelmsford, which had, before last season, beaten the Warriors in 12 out of 13 games and held a 22-5-1 mark since 1984.
“After not making the playoffs, this was our game,” Sylvester said. “We wanted payback on our home field, and we couldn’t have asked for anything more.”
Senior Sylvester and sophomore Eberth certainly showed how important this game was.
Sylvester delivered one of the best all-around games of his prolific career. He ran for one touchdown, threw another on a halfback pass to Will Eikenberry, rushed for 131 yards and twice intercepted Chelmsford QB Jack Campsmith. One pick came with the Lions at the Andover 23 looking to make it a two-touchdown game, and the other late in the fourth quarter.
“What more can I say about Jack than he is just the greatest,” Eberth said. “He can do anything, and he was the best player on the field.”
Eberth wasn’t far behind Sylvester for game MVP.
The QB set career highs in passing yards with 174 and rushing yards with 136 — with 109 of those yards and a touchdown in the second half to ice the victory.