TEWKSBURY — Cam Farnham and the rest of the Andover players and fans held their collective breath as officials dug through he pile to find the potentially game-deciding loose ball.
“My heart stopped,” said Farnham. “I saw the Tewksbury crowd go crazy and just thought, ‘This can’t be happening.’ Then I saw (Andrew) Deloury come out of the pile with the ball and it was just the best feeling.”
With a minute left in the game and Andover leading by just a point, Tewksbury booted a wobbly on-sides kick that bounced off players in both jerseys before it disappeared into a pile of players.
Finally, Deloury emerged with possession of the football, signalling Andover first-down, and the Golden Warriors tacked on a final touchdown to take a 51-42 thriller yesterday in a day that saw the two teams combine for a stunning 1,001 yards of total offense.
“That on-sides kick was a really confusing play,” said Deloury. “The ball wasn’t going 10 yards, so I wasn’t sure if I should go get it. Then it bounced off a few guys and went into my hands. It was such a relief. Then we knew we had the game.”
It was only appropriate that the final play ended up in Deloury’s hands, because the senior receiver came up with a tremendous day.
Deloury finished with seven catches for a whopping 226 yard. He caught a 32-yard score with a tremendous one-handed catch, and his 78-yard catch-and-run set up another score.
“Deloury made about 10 huge plays today,” said Andover coach E.J. Perry. “That one-handed catch was special. Everything he did was tremendous today.”
The 226 yards for Deloury — whose previous career-high was just 56 yards — marked the biggest receiving day for an area player this season, passing teammate Will Heikkinen against Gloucester (202). The next highest in the region this season is 160 yards for Salem’s Jacob Poore.