By David Willis
---- — 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.
“Olly (Eberth) had a tremendous day,” said receiver Cam Davey, who himself had a game-high 67 receiving yards. “He just did everything. Jack was running the ball, and that opened up Olly.
“In our last home game to beat Chelmsford was just icing on the cake.”
The defense was a force most of the night, led by Ommel Bonilla (12 tackles), Eikenberry (14 tackles) and Hartford (eight tackles), while kicker Ryan Payne booted a 37-yard bomb of a field goal, and following that up with a 28-yard field goal later.
“This was my last game on the turf, and since I’m not playing college football, I only have one game left,” Sylvester said. “So to go out like this is really a dream come true.”
Andover 26, Chelmsford 14
Chelmsford (5-5): 6 0 0 8 — 14
Andover (6-4): 3 3 6 14 — 26
C — Jeff D’Auria 55 run (kick failed), 8:34
A — Ryan Payne 37 field goal, 4:14
A — Payne 28 field goal, 10:11
A — Will Eikenberry 5 pass from Jack Sylvester (kick failed), 8:12
A — Oliver Eberth 34 run (Eikenberry pass from E.J. Perry IV), 9:58
C — Nick Philippon 34 pass from Jack Campsmith (Mike Calicchio pass from Campsmith), 5:39
A — Sylvester 48 run (pass failed), 4:46
RUSHING: A (32-268) — Jack Sylvester 14-131, Oliver Eberth 14-136, Will Eikenberry 2-5, E.J. Perry IV 1-0, Max Grant 1-(-4); C — Jeff D’Auria 16-141, Jack Campsmith 16-71, Shane Conti 1-2, Joey Rossano 2-(-2)
PASSING: A — Eberth 12-22-0, 174, Sylvester 1-1-0, 5, Perry 0-1-0; C — Campsmith 6-15-2, 65, Nick Andre 0-1-0
RECEIVING: A — Cam Davey 3-67, Perry 3-40, Eikenberry 4-28, Andrew Soucy 1-35, Christopher Nicholas 1-7, Sylvester 1-2; C — Mike Calicchio 3-34, Nick Philippon 2-30, D’Auria 1-1