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October 3, 2013

Warriors fall short in Thanksgiving preview

The good news for Andover football is that the Golden Warriors will have another shot at archrival Central Catholic in their traditional Thanksgiving Day showdown.

The bad news for the Warriors is that Round 1 of the match-up did not finish so well.

Taking on their Turkey Day rivals in a non-holiday match-up for the first time in 41 years, due to the postseason realignment, the Golden Warriors struggled with offensive consistency last Friday, falling to Central Catholic, the No. 8 team in Eastern Mass., 26-7..

The game started in promising fashion for the Warrior defense.

Andover limited Central to a 3-and-out on its first possession, then halted a Raiders drive to the Golden Warrior 19 when Ben Hartford and Ommel Bonilla combined for a sack on third down and Christopher Nicholas picked off a pass in the end zone on fourth.

Andover frustrated Central QB Mike Milano, limiting him to 5 of 19 passing on the night.

After the Raiders took a 7-0 lead, Andover managed a 14-play drive to the Central 25-yard line, only to be turned away on fourth down. The Warriors also turned the ball over on downs in their next quality drive, advancing to the Central 27-yard line early in the fourth.

Andover did break onto the scoreboard in the fourth as E.J. Perry IV connected with Nicholas on a 3-yard touchdown pass. It was freshman Perry’s first TD pass.

Golden Warriors kicker Ryan Payne then booted a perfect on-sides kick that was recovered by John Oteri, but ran out of time.

Nicholas led the Andover offense, catching four passes for 42 yards, while Perry completed 7 of 15 passes for 42 yards, splitting time with Oliver Eberth, who rushed seven times for 33 yards.

Central Catholic 26, Andover 7

Central Catholic (3-1): 0 14 0 12 — 26

Andover (1-2): 0  0 0  7 —  7

Second Quarter

CC — Markus Edmunds 5 run (Paul Karamourtopoulos kick), 10:55

CC — D’Andre Drummond-Mayrie (Karamourtopoulos kick), 0:48

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