HAVERHILL — After watching the hosts open the game with a long drive and its first touchdown of the Fall 2 season, Andover rebounded to claim a convincing 23-7 victory over Haverhill on Friday.
After the Hillies took the lead, Andover responded running the ball nine times on an 11-play drive and tied the score on a Lincoln Beal touchdown run.
“Lincoln is a man,” Andover coach E.J. Perry said. “Receiving and running today, he was unbelievable, and he’s our linebacker, so playing like that he’s pretty special.”
Andover ran the ball eight times on its ensuing 12-play drive that was capped by Scotty Brown’s 7-yard keeper for a 14-7 lead midway through the second quarter.
“They came out on us tough,” Brown said. “But when we got the ball, we took it down their throats, and we knew we were in this game. We just had to score more, which we did.”
Two-way starter Tomas Loureiro then provided the offense help by picking off a pass and returning it 30 yards for a 20-7 lead 33 seconds before half.
“(Haverhill) came out and woke us up,” Perry said. “When we woke up, I think we got in some rhythm. Obviously, Loureiro played out of his mind, catching that screen and taking the interception for six. And he made a lot of tackles.”
The only scoring in the second half was a 25-yard field goal by Andrew Wetterwald with 5:25 left in the fourth.
Beal accounted for 21 of Andover’s 40 rushes and finished with a season-high 112 yards while Andrew Layman accumulated 40 yards on his six carries. Brown completed 10 of his 14 attempts for 90 yards, with Beal hauling in five passes for 43 yards. The Golden Warriors, however, had six of their 20 second-half rushing attempts end in negative yardage, including three sacks of at least 11 yards.
“Offensively, we were very good at times,” said Perry, whose squad improved to 2-1. “But we have things to clean up. We have to get rid of the sacks. But I think we’re going to be alright.”
INDOOR TRACK DEBUTS
Jodi Parrott wasted no time showing her All-Scholastic abilities after the long COVID-19 wait.
Parrott won the long jump (17-5), high jump (5-0) and 55 hurdles (8.4) to lead Andover to a 74-26 win over Haverhill on Saturday. Sarah Folan won the shot put (31-7), Molly Kiley took the mile (5:321), Michaela Buckley won the 300 (46.5) and Aimee Lu took the 600 (1:50.34), along with other winners for the Golden Warriors.
On the boys side, Connor Moses won the shot put (41-11) and 55 hurdles (8.0) and Tristan Fabre took the long jump (19-5) and 55 dash (6.63) as Andover earned a 62-38 win over Haverhill on Saturday. DJ Walsh won the mile (4:48) and Matt Serrano took the two-mile (11:00) for the winners.
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Andover 23, Haverhill 7
Andover (2-1): 7 13 0 3 — 23
Haverhill (0-2): 7 0 0 0 — 7
Haverhill — Jabari Baptiste 3 run (Joey Spero kick) 4:44
Andover — Lincoln Beal 2 run (Andrew Wetterwald kick) 0:20
Andover — Scotty Brown 7 run (Wetterwald kick) 6:09
Andover — Tomas Loureiro 30 interception return (pass failed) 0:334
Andover — Wetterwald 25 field goal
RUSHING: Andover (40-154) — Beal 21-112, Andrew Layman 6-40, Team 1-(-1), Brown 12-(-7)
PASSING: Andover — Brown 10-14, 190
RECEIVING: Andover — Beal 5-43, Aidan Ritter 4-35, Loureiro 1-12