By David Willis firstname.lastname@example.org
CHELMSFORD — Andover was tired of hearing about the losing streak. The Golden Warriors were sick of hearing that they could not beat Chelmsford, a reputation that had dogged the program for longer than the current team members have been alive.
“We have wanted to beat Chelmsford since middle school,” said Andrew Deloury. “It has just been forever, so to finally overcome that is a really big deal for us. It is the best feeling I could imagine.”
Against a team Andover had beaten just once in the last 13 seasons, the Golden Warriors scored twice in the first 5:05 of the game and never let up en route to a 42-22 thrashing of defending MVC Division 1 champion Chelmsford.
“This is our biggest win of the year,” said linebacker Adam Ladd, whose squad now sits at 8-0. “This has a very special meaning to us. None of us have ever beat Chelmsford at any level, so this is a really big deal.”
Andover’s last varsity football win over Chelmsford was in 2009, which snapped a 10-game losing skid. The Lions had owned a 5-22-1 advantage over the Warriors since The Eagle-Tribune began keeping records in 1984.
“We knew we could beat them,” said receiver Cam Farnham. “Besides Central Catholic on Thanksgiving, Chelmsford is our biggest game of the year, so this is huge.”
Record day: C.J. Scarpa’s third-quarter touchdown pass to a sliding Farnham marked his 24th passing TD of the season. That broke the Eagle-Tribune area’s modern record.
“I really didn’t know,” said the modest Scarpa. “Then Cam ran over to me and told me I had just broke the area touchdown record, and it was really a shock.”
Good luck shirt: Andover safety Chas Heseltine wasn’t trying to fool the opponents when he came out wearing the No. 7 jersey in the first half last night. He had forgotten his regular No. 11 shirt at home, and to make due with an extra jersey.
The very superstitious senior was very relieved when a family member arrived with his normal jersey at halftime, and the first play after the break he picked off a pass.
“I guess it worked,” he said with a laugh.
Andover 42, Chelmsford 22
Andover (8-0): 16 6 20 0 — 42
Chelmsford (4-4): 8 0 7 7 — 22
A — Andrew Deloury 38 pass from C.J. Scarpa (Deloury pass from Scarpa), 6:42
A — Will Heikkinen 21 pass from Scarpa (Heikkinen pass from Scarpa), 5:55
C — Greg Johnson 34 pass from John Campsmith (Johnson pass from Campsmith), 4:54
A — Scarpa 2 run (pass failed), 0:17
A — Jack Sylvester 12 run (Deloury pass from Scarpa), 10:06
A — Cam Farnham 12 pass from Scarpa (kick failed), 8:33
A — Brandon Marti 8 run (kick failed), 4:00
C — Connor Brimley 2 run (Charles Calenda kick), 1:16
C — Johnson 9 pass from Campsmith (Calenda kick), 4:31
RUSHING: Andover (31-103) — Jack Sylvester 15-102, Brandon Marti 9-31, Jesse Greaves 1-7, C.J Scarpa 6-(-37); Chelmsford (21-67) — John Campsmith 7-26, Jeff Dauria 5-26, Connor Brimley 6-11, Sean Sarault 1-6, Todd Dowrey 1-0, Alex Freker 1-(-2)
PASSING: Andover — Scarpa 14-23-0, 206; Chelmsford — Campsmith 11-21-1, 160
RECEIVING: Andover — Will Heikkinen 8-100, Andrew Deloury 2-56, Sylvester 2-34, Cam Farnham 2-16; Chelmsford — Greg Johnson 4-101, Eric Van Gelder 3-36, Connor Wooster 1-12, Zach Andre 1-8, Jose St. Hilaire 1-5, Vadim Mayorskiy 1-(-2)