Playing at Emporia against the No 4 team in Class 5A, Andover couldn't quite get the job done Oct. 19 as the Spartans rallied for a 27-10 win.
The Trojans, now 1-1 in district and 6-2 overall, scored all 10 of their points in the first quarter, only to see Emporia score 27 unanswered for the win.
Andover went up 3-0 on a 22-yard field goal by Toshi Hayashi. Later in the quarter, the Trojans recovered an Emporia fumble in the end zone and took over on their 20-yard line. They capped an 80-yard drive with a touchdown pass of 48 yards from Cole Gumeringer to Miles Starks for a 10-0 lead at quarter's end. Starks has now scored a TD in his last three games.
Unfortunately, Andover could not dent the scoreboard again.
Emporia scored with 9:13 left in the first half to trail 10-6 at the intermission. In the third quarter, the Spartans scored 14 straight points for a 20-10 lead. Their final score of the game came late in the fourth quarter.
Emporia limited the Trojans to just 190 yards rushing, led by Gumeringer with 81 yards. Mason Biberstein returned to action after missing last week's game with a concussion and rand for 75 yards.
Gumeringer was 6 for 13 passing for 114 yards, a TD and an interception. Dallas Bruner was the only Trojan with multiple receptions, catching three passes for 83 yards.
Andover wraps up the regular season by hosting Newton Oct. 26. The winner will be the district runner-up.