ANDOVER — When asked about Andover linebacker Will Eikenberry, BC High head coach Joe Gaff considered his words for a moment.
“That kid — No. 2 — is very, very good,” said the coach.
Eikenberry and his No. 2 jersey were all over the field, making tackle after tackle and turning in the interception return for a touchdown to send the game into overtime.
But despite the linebacker’s heroics, the Golden Warriors could not make it two thrilling victories in two weeks, struggling on offense on the way to a 16-10 overtime loss to the Eagles last night.
“Will played the best defensive game that I have ever seen for an Andover player,” said Warriors head coach E.J. Perry. “He was just unbelievable out there. We went toe to toe with a Catholic Conference team, but we missed a few opportunities. We need to clean up our offense.”
Eikenberry, who returned to Andover High this fall after focusing on lacrosse at Brewster Academy as a junior, was simply a monster throughout the contest.
The senior linebacker turned in a team-high 16 tackles, caused three fumbles, recovered another fumble and snatched the interception and returned it for the Warriors’ lone TD of the day.
“Will is truly one of the best players in the state,” said Perry. “I couldn’t believe how well he played. He almost willed us to a victory making all those tackles and the interception in a time we really needed it.”
In the first quarter, with BC High driving to the Andover 15-yard line, fellow linebacker John Oteri knocked the ball loose and Eikenberry was the man on the spot to scoop up the fumble and end the drive.
The Eagles threatened again in the second, moving to the Warrior 32. But there was Eikenberry again to jar the ball loose on a massive tackle for the fumble that was picked up by Cole Organisciak.