ANDOVER — Andover High coach E.J. Perry has issued the ultimatum.
Jobs for 2014 will be won or lost here in November of 2013.
“Coach told us he will find the players, the guys who want to go hard, who want to win,” said junior Chris Nicholas after Andover opened its November with a 39-10 thumping of Lawrence.
“It was tough not making the playoffs, and we just wanted to come out and prove we’re a talented team. This is the time to get ready for next year.”
If Nicholas’ night is a harbinger of future Warrior Friday nights, things are looking up. The 6-foot, 160-pound junior caught 5 passes for 112 yards and a pair of TDs.
With his two QBs splitting time between the signal-caller spot and receiver, Perry saw his offense run efficiently with little resistance from the Lancers, who tumbled to 2-6.
E.J. Perry IV went 7 of 8 for 146 yards and three TDs through the air, while Oliver Eberth completed 10 of 15 for 96 more yards and a score. EJ4 caught a 21-yard TD toss from Eberth, who was on the receiving end of a TD connection from the frosh, too.
Meanwhile, the Warrior defense did just enough.
He-man Omel Bonilla, all 290 pounds of him, clogged the inside running game all night, while captain Ben Hartford pierced the Lancers for three sacks. On the back end, Nicholas picked off a pair of Lancer passes.
Andover heads to Peabody on Friday night for a date with Tanner defensive coordinator — and former Warrior assistant — Dave Bettencourt. Lawrence will host Chelmsford, Thursday night at Veterans Memorial Stadium.
Andover 39, Lawrence 10
Lawrence (2-6): 0 10 0 — 10
Andover (4-4): 11 14 14 — 39
A — Oliver Eberth 30 run (Eberth rush), 10:13
A — Ryan Payne 23 field goal, 2:22
A — Chris Nicholas 63 pass from E.J. Perry IV (kick blocked), 4:25
L — Manuel Vlaun 87 blocked kick conversion return, 4:25