Andover storms past Gloucester
GLOUCESTER - Last week, Gloucester had its 26-game winning streak, which spanned two Super Bowls, snapped in shocking fashion, a 41-0 drubbing at Lynn English. Entering last night’s game against Andover under the lights, the young Fishermen had much to prove.
After giving up a 65-yard touchdown run to Andover’s Andy Coke on the first play from scrimmage, and fumbling on the first play of the ensuing possession, all they proved was how far they have fallen.
Andover improved to 2-0 with the 33-16 win. Gloucester is now in unfamiliar territory at 0-2.
“When we come into this house, we’ve got to win, we’ve got to take care of business,’’ said Andover coach E.J. Perry. “Getting to 2-0 for the first time in I don’t know how many years, these kids are excited. We’ll take on anybody. We’re ready to go.’’
Coke, listed conservatively at 6 feet 1 inch, 205 pounds, had a stellar game, consistently finding holes in the Gloucester line en route to three touchdowns and 203 yards on the ground. Coke, a captain, is also a defensive back. Perry said having the senior on both sides of the ball has been a boon.
“It takes a toll when last week he carried 22 times, this week, I’ll look at the stats but I’m sure it’s over 20. We really rely on him, he played unbelievable defense,’’ said Perry. “He brings that emotion on both sides of the ball now, where last year he was only on the offensive side.’’
Andover kicker Mark Zavrl had a pair of 40-plus-yard field goals, and also kicked three extra points.
Gloucester’s scores came on a pair of big plays that should give hope to the Fishermen faithful. Mark Horgan was first on the board, legging out a short pass from quarterback Lenny Taormina for a 69-yard score midway through the second quarter. Teammate and captain Kyle Lucido had a 93-yard punt return late in the fourth quarter to thunderous applause from the home crowd. Taormina ran in both 2-point conversions.
Wide receiver Will Heikkinen had the Golden Warriors’ other touchdown, on a 3-yard pass from C.J. Scarpa.
It doesn’t get any easier for the Fishermen. Next week Gloucester hosts No. 7 Weymouth. In its first two games, Weymouth has totaled 97 points, including a 49-14 win over Wellesley last night.