Andover Golden Warriors Football '08

Fri, Sep 12, 2008 07:00 PM @ Andover
Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Final
North Andover 0 0 0 0 0
Andover 0 13 0 9 22
Andover: The Andover High School Golden Warriors charge onto the field in the first game of the season. 

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Lebowitz keys dominant Andover attack

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Saturday, September, 13 By David Willis
Staff writer

ANDOVER — With its offense still a work in progress, Andover’s defense took the pressure off.

“We knew we had to execute today and that’s exactly what we did,” said Golden Warriors linebacker and tri-captain Steven LaFortune. “When you shut a team out you can’t say you did much wrong.”

Andover held North Andover to just 24 yards of total offense on the way to downing its neighboring rivals 22-0 last night at Eugene V. Lovely Field.

“We just made plays today,” said tackle and tri-captain Andrew Lebowitz. “We started off in a 5-2 (defense) and made some moves. It was all about intensity.”

The 6-foot, 175-pound Lebowitz led the way against the Scarlet Knights, who were without star quarterback/running back Zac Iovanella. North Andover coach John Rafferty said he was out with a “gimpy ankle.”

Freshman Brandon Walsh started in Iovanella’s place and was under heavy pressure all night, being sacked six  times. Lebowitz and Kevin Baroni each notched two sacks while LaFortune and Nick Sylvester had one apiece.

“The defensive line really stepped up,” said Lebowitz. “Jake Lebowitz, Pete Theodorou, Baroni. We had good penetration and that allowed the linebackers to make plays.”

Lebowitz made a team-high six tackles while Sylvester, Theodorou and LaFortune each made four. Yogi Layne and Craig Hornung each stood out against the pass, knocking down a pair of passes each.

“We didn’t give them any time to throw the ball,” said LaFortune. “And the coverage was great. He didn’t have anywhere to throw the ball, so that led to sacks.”

After early adjustments, the Andover offense also clicked. In his first start at quarterback, John Hennessy was 14 for 24 passing for 177 yards. He connected on touchdowns of 15 and 16 yards to Jimmy Johnson and hit Ryan Peek for a 20-yard score.

Also in his first start, running back Tucker Devine carried 16 times for 91 yards. He started off hot, with a 31-yard rush in his first attempt of the game. Peek finished with three catches for 55 yards and Johnson had three catches for 45 yards.

“We only have one starter back on offense,” said Andover coach Ken Maglio. “We have a young team, so you never know what’s going to happen. But they came in an played great tonight. When we got it going we were looking very good.”

Ben Holm led the Scarlet Knights with six tackles and Matt Taylor added five.

Game Statistics:

Second Quarter

A — Jimmy Johnson 15 pass from John Hennessy (Matt Murray kick), 1:26
A — Johnson 16 pass from Hennessy (kick blocked), 1:05 

Fourth Quarter

A — Safety, ball snapped out of the end zone, 8:19
A — Ryan Peek 20 pass from Hennessy (Murray kick), 5:01



RUSHING: A (25-98) — Tucker Devine 16-91, John Hennessy 6-14, Nick Sylvester 1-0, Chris McConnell 2-(-7); NA (21-2) — Ricky Williams 6-24, Chris Buco 1-(-1), Julien Lacourse 2-(-3), Brandon Walsh 12-(-18)

PASSING: A — Hennessy 14-24-0, 177; NA — Walsh 4-18-0, 24

RECEIVING: A — Ryan Peek 3-55, Jimmy Johnson 3-45, Sean Ehlbeck 2-31, Brian Miller 3-22, Christian Lightner 1-9, Tucker Devine 1-8, McConnell 1-7; NA — Aaron Brunette 3-23, Buco 1-1

2 Story Comments

0         K UNIT

Andover seems pretty cocky to me for a school that beat a clearly less superior team. Fact of the matter is, there probably ganna finish in the bottom 4 of the MVC...

Report! #1 09/13/2008 03:21 PM

0         BRUINS

BET you anything they dont finish in the bottom of the league they have a great front 7 I dont care what you say they only allowed 24 yards the whole game let alone they have one of the top d-lineman in the whole league if not the best

Report! #2 09/17/2008 10:25 AM