NORTH ANDOVER — Andover's Chris Abreu could not contain the smile that was spreading across his face Friday evening.

"It was awesome out there tonight," said Abreu. "We really controlled the front. The running game is always strong for North Andover. ... So we really concentrated on getting control up front. We just played phenomenal."

His excitement was well deserved. The senior paced a defensive attack that led the Golden Warriors to a 33-0 victory over neighboring North Andover in front of about 2,600 fans at a packed Walsh Stadium.

"He just has great natural instincts and great skill," said Andover coach Ken Maglio of Abreu. "He does a great job on defense and offense and he is just getting better. He's still a baby on offense."

The Golden Warriors allowed only 92 totals yards and four first downs. Much of that came on the first drive of the second half in which the Scarlet Knights accumulated 55 yards and three of their first downs.

It was Abreu who put a halt to that drive when he knocked the ball away from North Andover quarterback Steve Boudreau and the fumble was recovered by Mike Morander. For the game, Abreu had four tackles and a sack.

"What more can you ask for than zero points?" said quarterback Mike Pierce. "We really came into our own and it especially showed in the defense."

Derrick Beasley added an interception, three tackles and two passes defended and Tripp Stevens and Peter Hanson each made four tackles. In his first varsity start, Andrew Lebowitz stripped Boudreau, and Matt Rayner picked up the fumble and scampered 56 yards for a score.

"The defense played outstanding tonight," said Andover coach Ken Maglio, whose club has moved up from 10th to seventh in the latest Eastern Mass. rankings. "We made the stops that we needed to make and came up big when we needed to. They were very quick and swarmed the ball."

After the early struggles in the passing game, the very mobile Pierce (7-for-14 passing, 90 yards) took to the ground and rushed 11 times for 90 yards and a whopping four touchdowns. All of the scores came on quarterback draws out of the shotgun.

Abreu didn't simply sit on the sidelines while the offense was on the field. After carrying only 22 times last season, and none after week three, Abreu carried eight times for 85 yards.

"I think we made a few mental mistakes early like dropped passes and missed assignments," said Pierce, "How can you not be a little jacked up with the huge crowd? But the running game broke out."

Rayner did grab three passes for 53 yards including an impressive 35-yard bomb to set up Andover's first score, and Peter Hanson caught two for 24 yards.

Andover has now faced North Andover 15 times since 1987. The Golden Warriors have won 13 of those contests.



Andover 33, North Andover 0

Andover (1-0): 13 0 6 14 -- 33

North Andover (0-1): 0 0 0 0 -- 0





INDIVIDUAL LEADERS

RUSHING: A (21-178) | Mike Pierce 11-90, Chris Abreu 8-85, Chris McConnell 1-6, Craig Hornung 1-(-3); NA (26-47) | Matt Burckhardt 13-37, Kenny Kobierski 8-13, William Enright 2-9, Steve Boudreau 3-(-12)

PASSING: A | Mike Pierce 7-18-0, 90 yards; NA | Boudreau 7-14-2, 44 yards

RECEIVING: A | Matt Rayner 3-53, Peter Hanson 3-25, Abreu 1-12; NA | Christian Lightner 4-36, Matt Murray 2-13, Burckhardt 1-(-5)





Warriors at a glance

Final score: Andover 33, North Andover 0

Star of the Game: Linebacker/running back Chris Abreu had four tackles, a sack and caused a fumble and rushed for 85 yards on eight carries.

Play of the Game: With Andover ahead 13-0 and North Andover driving to the Golden Warriors' 30-yard line, Abreu pried the ball away from North Andover QB Steve Boudreau, and the fumble was recovered by linebacker Mike Morander.

Stat of the Game, offense: 4 | Touchdown runs by Mike Pierce.

8: Years since an Andover player scored four touchdowns. Mike Giles scored four against Lawrence on Sept. 24, 1999.

Stat of the Game, defense: 1 | First down for North Andover outside of their first drive of the second half

Rivalry at a glance: Andover has won 13 of 15 meetings dating back to 1987. Friday was the most lopsided victory since 1989 (41-0).

Quote of the game: "What more can you ask for than zero points?" - Mike Pierce



Next up

Team: BC High

Rank: Ninth in Eastern Mass. Andover is seventh.

Last Week: Downed then-No. 2 Brockton, 35-33

Players to watch: RB Brian Sullivan (55 yards, 2 TDs last week), QB Bill Kiley

Rivalry at a glance: Since the Eagle-Tribune began keeping complete records in 1987, the two have not played.

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