Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


November 15, 2012

Football team rolls, sets up Thanksgiving showdown

BILLERICA — Once the final whistle sounded to mark the end of the win over Billerica High, the Andover football team’s thoughts all focused on one moment 300 long hours away.

“(Thanksgiving) is all we are going to be dreaming about for the next two weeks,” said receiver Cam Farnham. “Part of me was hoping that it would be decided on Thanksgiving, and now it will be.”

The Golden Warriors rolled over Billerica 40-20 on Friday.

The victory set up a Turkey Day showdown with archrival Central Catholic, with the winner earning the MVC Division 1 title and a trip to the postseason.

This marks the second time in three years the two teams have met with the league title and a playoff berth on the line, with Andover rallying for the crown in 2010.

“This is huge,” said lineman Nathaniel Altman. “It’s just like two years ago. Central is a great team, but we need to focus for the next two weeks, make hits and get ready.”

The Golden Warriors barely broke a sweat on their way to setting up the Thanksgiving thriller, as they finished off the struggling Middies early on Friday.

By the time Andover ran its sixth offensive play, they had already scored three touchdowns, and their starters were done for the day with more than three minutes left in the second quarter and the Warriors holding a 40-6 lead.

Star receiver Will Heikkinen was a star on both sides of the ball against Dracut. He intercepted three passes as a corner back, and caught five passes for 110 yards and two touchdowns in just two quarters of play.

That all while the public address announcer mispronounced his name “Heineken” for the entire half. His best pick was his first, when he grabbed it as a Billerica player juggled it.

“He threw it a little high and it hit his fingers,” said Heikkinen. “I wasn’t really ready for it, but I got it and tried to return it but ran into a few linemen.

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