NORTH ANDOVER — After his workforce survived a detailed first half to tug away from rival Merrimack Valley Convention rival Chelmsford for a 35-7 victory Friday evening, North Andover coach John Dubzinski gathered his gamers and delivered a fast message.
“We’re not lifeless but!” Dubzinski yelled, sending his gamers right into a frenzy.
The Scarlet Knights (2-3) entered the night with the toughest power of schedule in Division 2 via 4 video games. However they wanted a win over beforehand unbeaten Chelmsford (4-1) to show the nook and begin eyeing a possible playoff berth within the new statewide format.
North Andover took losses to Lincoln-Sudbury, Marblehead, and in triple time beyond regulation to Tewksbury final Friday, and appeared to attract on these experiences when the visiting Lions began to snare momentum within the second quarter.
“If you play good groups, it’s a confidence builder,” Dubzinski mentioned. “When you’ll be able to hold with good groups, it helps in the long term. You’re battle examined and nothing ought to intimidate you from that time ahead. We all know we are able to compete with anyone.”
The Knights held an early 14-0 benefit, however Chelmsford reduce the lead in half with a 30-yard catch from Ryan Blagg and a 1-yard landing run from Malakai Linton. The Lions had the Knights backed up of their territory and compelled two quick punts, however the North Andover protection held robust.
“We didn’t actually push the panic button,” Dubzinski mentioned. “[The Lions] are a superb workforce and we knew they had been going to make performs. Our guys don’t actually get too rattled . . . this was a superb litmus check for us tonight.”
After Jack Ferullo (16 carries, 78 yards, TD) picked off Chelmsford quarterback Kyle Wilder, Knights senior quarterback Jack O’Connell made the play of the sport, scrambling on fourth and 9 earlier than discovering 6-foot-4-inch wideout Nick Ankiewicz for a 32-yard rating as the primary half expired.
“I rolled out, the [defensive] finish got here at me and I noticed Nick waving his fingers, type of like a drama queen, however I received him the ball and he made an awesome play. That’s all that issues,” O’Connell mentioned.
O’Connell (17-for-25 passing, 217 yards) stayed scorching within the second half with a 31-yard landing go to Brendan Regan and a 7-yard landing to A.J. Lawrence for the primary four-touchdown recreation of his varsity profession.
“[O’Connell is] our residence run hitter,” Dubzinski mentioned. “He’s nice on his toes, he’s received an awesome arm, makes nice reads, and actually stretches the sphere out. He’s an enormous asset for us. He performed an awesome recreation tonight.”