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October 24, 2013

Warriors top La Salle, set up crucial showdown

It took La Salle, R.I., more than 3 1/2 hours to reach Andover from Providence through heavy Boston traffic last Friday.

It didn’t take anywhere near that long for the Golden Warriors to make Rams wish they had skipped the trip.

Linebacker/offensive weapon Will Eikenberry was a terror on both sides of the ball, and running back Jack Sylvester delivered his second straight huge week as Andover exploded for five first-half touchdowns and rolled to a 49-32 victory on Senior Night at Eugene V. Lovely Field.

“We put some points on the board early and it was a great night,” Eikenberry said. “We scored quick, got some big momentum and we kept the confidence going from the Billerica win. We are really hitting our stride.”

Andover must now beat Lowell this Friday for a chance at a playoff berth.

Eikenberry once again left fans buzzing following another dominant performance last week.

The linebacker did it all and more. He picked off a pass and ran it back 47 yards for a touchdown, ran for a 2-yard TD and caught a 15-yard pass for another score. He also controlled the defensive end, making 14 tackles.

When it wasn’t Eikenberry doing the damage, it was dynamic back Sylvester making life miserable for La Salle.

He finished his night with 206 yards on just 14 carries — his second straight 200-plus yard performance — and two rushing touchdowns. He had a third score on a 15-yard catch from Eberth.

“Having Jack going really makes a huge difference,” Eikenberry said. “It is just clicking. We are feeling good.”

Sylvester set the tone right away, breaking his first carry of the night for a 70-yard touchdown, and one possession later, Eberth took a fake punt 58 yards to the house for a touchdown.

On defense, tackle Ben Hartford added 12 stops, linemate Ommel Bonilla added 10 tackles and Sylvester picked off a pass.

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