DERBY -- Andover Central stayed with Class 6A's No. 3 team for the first 27 minutes of the game, at which time its special teams broke down. Derby took advantage by using three first-half punt returns to jump-start its offense in a 48-0 victory Sept. 7.
The returns set up three Panther TDs in the first half. They returned a Central punt on its first series to the Jags 16, from where they scored three plays later.
With 3:37 left before halftime, Derby used its special teams to turn a 7-0 game into a blowout. The Panthers returned a punt 35 yards to the Central 40 and scored five plays later.
They forced the Jaguars to punt again about two minutes later. Derby returned this one 72 yards to Central's 21 and scored on the next play.
On the ensuing kickoff, Central fumbled the ball away, which resulted in a 13-yard TD pass by the Panthers. They led 28-0 going into the locker room at halftime.
The Jaguars had their chances in the first half to keep this game close. Twice they moved the ball inside the Derby 25, only to turn it over on downs each time.
The Panthers took advantage of short fields presented to it by the Jags. Only one of their seven touchdown possessions started on their side of the field.
Derby was equally tough on defensive, holding Andover Central to less than 100 yards total offense. Lucas Milner rushed for 60 yards on 22 carries. Kier Stamp, Taylor Brown and Blake Meier combined for a net of 1 yard on 19 carries. Meier, who passed for nearly 200 yards in the Jags' season opener, completed just one pass for 15 yards.