By David Willis
ANDOVER — Six weeks may have passed, but Andover’s memories of the 21-point October loss to Chelmsford on the Eugene V. Lovely Field turf were all too fresh.
So last night, the Golden Warriors earned their redemption.
Jack Sylvester threw a touchdown on a halfback pass to give Andover the lead, then ran for a 48-yard score that locked up the victory as the Golden Warriors beat Chelmsford 26-14. The Lions bested the Warriors 43-22 on Oct. 4.
“After not making the playoffs, this was our game,” said Sylvester. “We wanted payback on our home field, and we couldn’t have asked for anything more tonight.”
Sylvester certainly showed what this game meant. In addition to his two touchdowns, he finished with 131 yards rushing and twice intercepted Chelmsford QB Jack Campsmith. One pick came with the Lions at the Andover 23 looking to make it a two-touchdown game, and the other late in the fourth quarter.
Paced by Sylvester, Campsmith was limited to 65 passing yards after throwing for 206 yards in the first meeting.
“I can’t even describe how great it feels to have this revenge victory Chelsmford,” said defensive lineman Ben Hartford. “We were well tuned on defense today. Our d-line played great, with a special shout-out to Ommel Bonilla. We were communicating with our linebackers and the defensive backs were on point.”
QB Oliver Eberth also delivered a breakout day. The sophomore set career-highs in passing yards with 174 and rushing yards with 136 — including 109 in the second half. “Olly had a tremendous day,” said receiver Cam Davey, who had a game-high 67 receiving yards.
“He just did everything. Jack was running the ball, and that opened up Olly. He had such a great day. In our last home game to beat Chelmsford was just icing on the cake.”
The Golden Warriors have now won three straight going into the Thanksgiving against Central Catholic.
“This was my last game on the turf, and since I’m not playing college football I only have one game left,” said Sylvester. “So to go out like this is really a dream come true.”
Andover 26, Chelmsford 14
Chelmsford (5-5): 6 0 0 8 — 14
Andover (6-4): 3 3 6 14 — 26
C — Jeff D’Auria 55 run (kick failed), 8:34
A — Ryan Payne 37 field goal, 4:14
A — Payne 28 fied goal, 10:11
A — Will Eikenberry 5 pass from Jack Sylvester (kick failed), 8:12
A — Oliver Eberth 34 run (Eikenberry pass from E.J. Perry IV), 9:58
C — Nick Philippon 34 pass from Jack Campsmith (Mike Calicchio pass from Campsmith), 5:39
A — Sylvester 48 run (pass failed), 4:46
RUSHING: Andover (32-268) — Jack Sylvester 14-131, Oliver Eberth 14-136, Will Eikenberry 2-5, E.J. Perry IV 1-0, Max Grant 1-(-4); Chelmsford — Jeff D’Auria 16-141, Jack Campsmith 16-71, Shane Conti 1-2, Joey Rossano 2-(-2)
PASSING: Andover — Eberth 12-22-0, 174, Sylvester 1-1-0, 5, Perry 0-1-0; Chelmsford — Campsmith 6-15-2, 65, Nick Andre 0-1-0
RECEIVING: Andover — Cam Davey 3-67, Perry 3-40, Eikenberry 4-28, Andrew Soucy 1-35, Christopher Nicholas 1-7, Sylvester 1-2; Chelmsford — Mike Calicchio 3-34, Nick Philippon 2-30, D’Aruria 1-1