LOWELL — Just like the rain that continued to pour similar to the previous Friday night, for the second consecutive week Andover’s offense rained points all over its opponents.
Andover broke the 50-point barrier yet again, and the Golden Warriors used seven total touchdowns from quarterback E.J. Perry IV (six passing, one rushing) to down MVC rival Lowell 58-28 Friday night at Cawley Stadium
The Golden Warriors (2-2) have now won two in a row, and are 2-0 in MVC Large play heading into this week's matchup hosting Methuen (1-3).
“It feels really good to get two in a row,” said senior linemen Max Beati. “We have to keep the momentum going. It’s senior week next week and we have Methuen, so we just need to keep going.”
Perry IV played a tremendous game behind center for Andover. He was 14-22 for 252 yards and the six touchdown passes to five different receivers, and also rushed for 129 yards on 12 carries and yet another score. Perhaps more important, however, was that Perry was not sacked once during Friday’s game, a big testament to an Andover offensive line anchored by right tackle Beati.
The 6-foot-8, 322-pound Beati was a weapon for Andover. The majority of Perry’s 12 rushes went to the right where Beati did a great job creating space.
Beati was also instrumental in the emergence of sophomore running back Tommy Duncan, who earned his first varsity start for the injured Jeremy Travaglini, who coach E.J. Perry III said “was a little gimpy.”
Duncan broke onto the scene in a big way for Andover, rushing for 165 yards on 30 carries and a touchdown.
“For a sophomore who had never carried the ball at a varsity game, he certainly stepped up,” said Perry III. “We told him he was getting the rock today and he was excited. All we ask is that you go hard, and that’s what he does.”
Between Perry IV and Duncan, Andover rushed for 294 yards on 42 carries. In total, the Golden Warriors had 546 yards of offense. “Our game plan was to come out and try to run it as much as we could,” said Beati. “Tommy Duncan came in and killed it for us today. We ran all over them. That was the game plan coming in. Obviously E.J. Perry can throw, but on a rainy night we wanted to run it.”
Beati’s performance earned him high praise from his coach.
“Max is just stepping up,” said Perry III. “He has a lot of people looking at him, and I’m trying to get someone to bite on him. He has the feet, and there are not a lot of guys his size. He played awesome tonight.”
Jack Boese caught two touchdown passes for Andover, and Dan Gemmell, John Marotta, Cedric Gillette and Joe Rockwell each caught a TD pass as well. Gillette also had an interception on defense, and Mikey Comeau made two sacks.