ANDOVER — The Andover football team was able to rally back from two deficits, but fell to Lawrence 37-26 on Saturday,
The win was the first for the Lancers over the Golden Warriors since 1984.
“We have to make sure we get our offense settled,” said Andover coach E.J. Perry. “We need to get the back end of our defense settled. They beat us twice on long pass plays, and that really hurt us.”
Lawrence took the lead early on a 75-yard TD pass, but the Golden Warriors were able to bounce back.
First, Lincoln Beal drove into the end zone for a 7-yard touchdown. Then, a possession later, Scotty Brown punched the ball out of a Lawrence player’s hands for a fumble, and William Sheehan scooped it up and ran 28 yards for a touchdown that gave Andover a 12-6 lead.
Lawrence countered with two more touchdowns before halftime to make it 21-12 at halftime.
But back came the Golden Warriors, who opened the third quarter on a long drive that Beal finished with a 10-yard run that made it 21-20 after the 2-point conversion.
The Lancers, however, clinched the win with two touchdowns. Scotty Brown hit Beal for a 57-yard touchdown in the final two minutes, but it wasn’t enough.
Beal finished with 57 yards rushing and 63 receiving yards and Brown finished with 165 passing yards.
Andover will have to regroup for another tough contest on Friday, when the Golden Warriors travel to Lawrence Stadium to take on archrival Central Catholic at 7 p.m..
“We will have to play as hard as we can,” said Perry. “I don’t think we were flat. We had some big plays. But Lawrence has a very good team, so hats off to them.”