Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


September 12, 2013

Eberth, Warriors open season with OT thriller


Nicholas also knew the ball was coming his way.

“It was a great call,” the junior receiver said. “We tried a run and it didn’t work. They came up with that great play and I was confident it was coming to me. I ran a good option route, was open and Eberth made a great throw.”

After the score, the Warriors needed only Payne — in his varsity debut — to kick the extra point. The senior was perfect again, as he was all day, delivering the boot to clinch the victory.

“I just went crazy after the kick,” quad-captain Matt Sutliff said. “North Andover is our rival and there is basically nothing better than beating them. Payne really stepped up.”

Eikenberry was a force on defense, making 17 tackles and scoring the first Andover touchdown of the game on a 76-yard run. Ommel Bonilla was also dominant with 14 tackles, eating up the inside. Eberth’s OT score was his second of the day, the first a 38-yard score to E.J. Perry IV.

“As a senior, I don’t think anything has been better than this game,” Hartford said. “It means the world to us to do this.”

Up Next:

Who: Boston College High School (0-1)

When: Today (Thursday, Sept. 12), 7 p.m.

Where: Eugene V. Lovely Field

Fast facts: BC High is ranked No. 23 in Eastern Mass, 10 spots behind Andover (13th). ... The Eagles were upset by North Attleboro in their opener, 20-12. Senior running back Robert Harnais did rush for 229 yards on 27 carries in the loss.

agateHed:Andover 33, North Andover 32

agateText:Andover (1-0): 3 10 6 7 7 — 33

agateText:North Andover (0-1): 6  6 8 6 6 — 32

agateText:First Quarter

agateText: A — Ryan Payne 23 field goal, 5:35

NA — Bubba Shkiew 29 pass from Casey Walsh (kick failed), 1:41

agateText:Second Quarter

agateText: NA — Shkiew 6 run (kick failed), 10:55

A — Will Eikenberry 76 run (Payne kick), 9:38

A — Payne 18 field goal, 0:30

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