Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


October 24, 2013

Jumping Jack Flash

After two straight, 200-yard games, Sylvester back to dominating the competition

Jack Sylvester isn’t wasting time.

Two weeks ago, he broke his first carry of the game against Dracut for a 39-yard touchdown.

But hardly satisfied with that, he bested himself in a big way last Friday, taking his first touch of the night for a 70-yard score.

“Jack’s unbelievable,” said fellow quad-captain Ben Hartford. “We have some good backs, but Jack makes a big difference. He is our running game. He is the most powerful back I have ever seen. He just takes hits, pops right up and keeps going.”

The start to Sylvester’s senior football season was hardly storybook, after a preseason injury knocked him out of action for the early regular season, then a suspension due to a pair of personal fouls left him in the press box for another game.

But Sylvester has certainly hit his stride in a big way in his last two games — rushing more than 200 yards in each contest as he regains his standing as one of the state’s most dynamic running backs while leading the Golden Warriors to a two-game winning streak.

“I finally feel like myself again,” said the Andover High senior running back/defensive back. “I finally feel like I can play football the way I have always played it again, and I can finally help my teammate win ballgames again.”

Now he hopes to lead the Golden Warriors to a win this Friday, when they take on Lowell with a spot in the newly realigned playoffs on the line.

“Every day I feel like I am trying to make up for the early season,” Sylvester said. “Not being able to help the team was torture. But I feel amazing now, and there is nothing like just being able to play football again. I feel like this is the week we live up to our potential and hit our stride.”

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