He saved his biggest and hardest hit of the day for late in the third when he clobbered a runner at midfield, causing gasps from fans as the ball came loose and was recovered by Thomas Perez. That eventually led to the Warriors’ first points of the game, a Ryan Payne 27-yard field goal.
But no play was more important than when he broke on a ball, picked it off and took it 45 yards up the Andover sideline for the touchdown that gave the Warriors a 10-7 lead with 4:46 left in the game.
“I thought our quarterback (Sean Holleran) was playing about a perfect game,” said Gaff. “But (Eikenberry) made a heck of a play on that interception.”
That, however, was as good as it would get for Andover.
Following the Eikenberry score, BC High combined a long kickoff return and a Warriors personal foul to start a drive at the Andover 35-yard line. Five plays later, BC High booted a field goal to tie the game.
Andover had the ball first in overtime, but did not score. The Eagles then punched in a touchdown on third down for the victory.
The Warriors struggled to find consistency on offense, committing three turnovers and twice turning the ball over on downs. Running back Jack Sylvester did rush for 95 yards on 16 carries, but he was still noticeably slowed by the sprained ankle that kept him out of last week’s victory over North Andover.
Also impressive on defense was linebacker Brendan Slattery, who made 12 tackles and recovered an on-sides kick, and Christopher Nicholas made an interception.
“Jack played a heck of a game and the team showed tremendous heart,” said Perry. “But we have some things we need to work on.”
agateHed:B.C. High 16, Andover 10 (OT)
agateText:B.C. High (1-1): 0 7 0 3 6 — 16
agateText:Andover (1-1): 0 0 0 10 0 — 10