The Andover Trojan football team did not let the Campus High School Colts stay ahead for long in Friday night’s game. The Colts took an early 6-0 lead but Andover rallied for 41 straight points to get the easy win.
The colts made a touchdown with 7:33 on the clock in the first quarter. Andover sophomore Bryce Bezdek prevented the Colts from scoring an extra point.
A mere 20 seconds later, Andover’s Miles Starks ran for 87 yards, scoring the first touchdown for the Trojans. The point after kick by junior Tommy Fiszel was good, making the score 7-6.
A quick 13 seconds after that, senior Cole Gumeringer ran for nine yards, scoring the Trojans another touchdown, with another successful kick point by Fiszel.
The second quarter of the game saw the Trojans with several long yard runs for scoring touchdowns. Senior Steven Young ran for 70 yards late in the second quarter, bring the Trojan score to 28, seven minutes after sophomore Eli Renoux successfully ran for 66 yards.
The score remained 28-6 into halftime, where the Andover Trojan marching band and the Trojanettes stole the show for 12 minutes.
Young continued his long runs into the third quarter of the game. He ran 53 yards early in the third quarter, followed by a 31 yard run a few minutes later.
“I think I did pretty well out there,” Young said after the game.
The score remained 41-6 for the rest of the third quarter and well into the fourth quarter until senior Kaiden Ivy of Campus ran for 11 yards, bringing the score to 41-12.
At the closing of the game, the scored remained 41-12, for a Trojan win. Head coach Mike Lee was happy with his team’s performance.
“In a lot of ways, it was a typical first game, but I don’t think we should get caught up in that,” Lee said shortly after the game ended. “A win’s a win. A lot of good things happened.”
Lee added that his team had a lot of energy on the field and were competitive.
“I think we did a lot of good things,” he said. “Tonight, I want them to enjoy that.”
Young, too, was happy with the team’s work during the game.
“I thought we did pretty well tonight,” Young said. “There’s some spots we need to clean up, and if we do that, it will make us that much better.”
As for the next game, at Winfield next Friday, Lee plans to take what happened in the first game and work to improve for the second game.
“The old saying is, ‘The biggest improvement comes between weeks one and two,’” Lee said. “Our guys are pretty sharp and I think they’ll do a nice of, ‘Here’s the stuff we gotta work on,’ because they’ve been very coachable up to this point. I know they will be this upcoming week. They’ll get better, better and better.”
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