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Andover bounces back with big win over Haverhill

ANDOVER — After giving up 114 points while losing twice the previous two weeks, Andover was looking to get back on track last night at homecoming.
Despite squandering much of a 23-point lead built over first three quarters, the Golden Warriors regained some confidence with Friday's 43-26 victory over Haverhill.
"This was great," said Cedric Gillette, who was a big factor in Andover building a 37-14 lead. "The last two weeks have been heartbreakers. We were really disappointed after them. But this one felt great getting an early lead and get a win. These kind of games will give us some confidence."
Gillette ignited Andover (3-3) with a 26-yard scoring pass from Nick Dellatto to begin the night's scoring before returning a kickoff 82 yards that answered a Hillie score.
"I just wanted to make sure we came out and get a good start to get an early lead," Gillette said. "I had one (return) down to the 5 last year against Everett but some kid caught me. So, yeah, that was nice. I made one move and saw a hole and just hit. But yeah, that's my first one."
Andover used Dellatto scoring tosses of 3 yards to Joshua Ramos and 29 yards to Gillette in addition to a 22-yard Shamus Florio field goal to offset David Carreiro's second long touchdown run for a 31-14 advantage at intermission.
"The first half was great," Golden Warrior coach EJ Perry said. "The offense got in sync and scored on the first drive. That's been a big thing. Then the defense stepped up. When we got up (by 17) that was a big thing."
Carreiro did his best to keep the winless Hillies close with three long touchdown runs. The first was from 74 yards out midway through first followed by a 57-yarder in the second that cut Andover's lead to 21-14. Carreiro finished his 236-yard night with an 84-yard blast early in the third.
"Down near the end, we were playing everybody," Perry said. "But we just can't rest like that. Next week, we have to be ready to go full throttle."
Haverhill entered the game averaging 1.85 yards per carry but with Carreiro leading the way, the Hillies finished with 307 yards — 32 yards more than they totaled the first five weeks combined.
"We've struggled mightily the first five games," Haverhill coach Tim O'Connor said. "We decided after the last game to go back to our roots and run the wing (offense). We showed a lot of offensive progress and some young guys stepped up and grew up tonight. But we still have some warts on defense that we need to fix quickly."
Andover, which plays rival Central Catholic next week, picked up touchdown runs of 1 yard by Tommy Duncan to start the second half and 30 yards by Ramos on the game's final play.
Dellatto finished another solid outing with 263 yards to nine different receivers on 23-of-29 passing. He has thrown for 915 yards the past three games. Gillette, who is averaging 7.8 receptions a game, hauled in eight catches for 133 yards.

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Sibanda immense in return

SALEM — Salem had played fine the last three weeks without Josh Sibanda but the unbeaten Blue Devils are still overjoyed to have him back.

The returning Eagle-Tribune offensive MVP, who was nursing a knee injury, scored four touchdowns and Salem sped to a massive 43-7 halftime lead en route to a 43-21 win over Merrimack.

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Knights dominate Dracut

NORTH ANDOVER - North Andover's defense came up big in the first half and its offense was electric as usual in last night's 35-7 win over Dracut in front of a packed Jack Walsh Stadium.

It was one of the more satisfying victories for the Knights this season.

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Rangers hand No. 3 Andover first loss

ANDOVER — Two of the top squads in Eastern Mass. squared off with No. 16 Methuen pulling the 3-1 upset (24-26, 25-21, 25-12, 27-25) of previously unbeaten No. 3 Andover.

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Bradley accounts for five TDs as Whittier blasts Essex Tech

HAVERHILL — Whittier Tech had the game well in hand. The Wildcats were leading by 19 points with under three minutes to play and had driven deep into Essex Tech territory. But after failing to score on 3rd and goal from the 6-yard line, Whittier did something very unusual.

The Wildcats lined up for a field goal.

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VIDEO: Andover volleyball's Eduardo Machado

Eduardo Machado is a standout for the Andover volleyball team — he leads the team in assists and kills — and is also a star in the classroom. He is ranked in the top 10 percent of his class, scored a 2,170 on his SATs and will be attending RPI.

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05/17/12 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

VIDEO: Salem runner Eric Tahtamoni

Salem runner Eric Tahtamoni talks about his new love of hurdles, and his hopes to break the school record in the 400.

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05/11/12 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

VIDEO: Haverhill runner Mike McNaughton

Haverhill's Mike McNaughton talks about his career as a runner.
 
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05/04/12 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

VIDEO: Andover lax star Jaymi Cohen

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05/04/12 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

VIDEO: Andover softball talks "New Start"

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04/06/12 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

VIDEO: Highlights of 2012 high school hockey season

Take a look back at some of the best highlights from the 2012 high school hockey season.

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03/22/12 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

VIDEO: Highlights of 2012 high school hockey season

Take a look back at some of the best highlights from the 2012 high school hockey season.

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03/22/12 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

VIDEO: Pregame for Andover basketball

Andover captains Nicole Boudreau and Ally Fazio talk about their state title game an hour before game time.

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03/17/12 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

VIDEO: Pentucket wins Division 3 state title

Video highlights and interviews from Worcester after Pentucket won the Division 3 North title at the DCU Center in Worcester.

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03/17/12 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

VIDEO: Meet the Andover girls basketball team

Meet the Golden Warriors in this video featuring the members of the Golden Warriors.

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03/16/12 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars
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