By David Willis
---- — Will Eikenberry did everything and more.
He even earned the ultimate compliment from his coach.
“Will played the best defensive game that I have ever seen for an Andover player,” Andover head coach E.J. Perry said last week.
But despite Eikenberry’s best efforts, the Golden Warriors lost to BC High 16-10 in overtime last Thursday, Sept. 12.
“Will is truly one of the best players in the state,” Perry said. “I couldn’t believe how well he played. He almost willed us to a victory making all those tackles and the interception in a time we really needed it.”
In his second game back with the Golden Warriors after a year focusing on lacrosse at Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, N.H., Eikenberry terrorized the BC High offense.
The senior linebacker turned in a team-high 16 tackles. He caused three fumbles, one of which set up a Ryan Payne field goal; recovered another fumble and grabbed an interception and returned it 45 yards for the Warriors’ lone TD of the day with 4:46 left in the game.
“I thought our quarterback (Sean Holleran) was playing about a perfect game,” Eagles coach Joe Gaff said. “But (Eikenberry) made a heck of a play on that interception. That kid — No. 2 (Eikenberry) — is very, very good.”
He was not alone in the defensive effort. Linebacker Brendan Slattery made 12 tackles and recovered an on-sides kick and Christopher Nicholas added an interception.
The Warriors struggled to find consistency on offense, committing three turnovers and twice turning the ball over on downs. Running back Jack Sylvester did rush for 95 yards on 16 carries, but he was still noticeably slowed by the sprained ankle that kept him out of Week 1’s victory over North Andover.
“Jack played a heck of a game and the team showed tremendous heart,” Perry said. “But we have some things we need to work on.”
The Golden Warriors are off this weekend before taking on archrival Central Catholic next Friday, Sept. 27.