Central Catholic defense stifles Andover

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ANDOVER — In a matchup between two fast-paced, no-huddle offenses, Central Catholic coach Chuck Adamopoulos stressed the importance of a strong defensive effort.

The Raiders responded, holding Andover to 147 total offensive yards as 1oth-ranked Central Catholic defeated the No. 19 Golden Warriors, 26-7, at Lovely Field on Friday night.

“Everyone talks about the [Merrimack Valley Conference] and high scores, but we pride ourselves on our defense,” Adamopoulos said. “We’ve played pretty good defense all season. We talked to the kids a lot about pursuit angles, and I thought we did a pretty good job with that.”

Andover (1-2) relied heavily on Jack Sylvester, but the Central Catholic front seven bottled him up, holding him to 32 yards on 11 carries in the first half. Sylvester was also ejected from the game in the third quarter after receiving his second unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.

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