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Football Remains Undefeated in Sloppy Win Over NMH; Ambrosi ’07 Sets Andover Single-Season Touchdown Record

The high-powered Andover offense racked up 528 total yards Saturday, busting out to another big, early lead en route to defeating Northfield Mount-Hermon 46-23. Anthony Ambrosi ’07 ran for over 200 yards with four touchdowns on the day, setting a new school record for touchdowns in a season in the process, while the Big Blue improved to 5-0 to sit atop the league standings. PA traveled westward to Northfield, MA for the afternoon game and opened up with an admittedly sloppy touch. “We dropped some passes early on in the game, made some big catches eventually, but we didn’t come out very sharp for whatever reason,” said Coach Modeste. However, Andover broke onto the scoreboard first, when four minutes in, Ambrosi busted a 92-yard touchdown run. Several minutes later, the senior tailback knocked it in again for seven, to up the PA lead to 14-0 to finish the first quarter. After allowing the long breakout rushes, NMH expectedly stacked up its run defense, leaving an exposed secondary. “Everyone tries to take away the run, so we have to take what they give us,” stated Coach Modeste. The Blue engineered long drives in the second quarter using the air, culminating in Co-Captain Will Sherrill ’07 touchdown strikes of 27 and 46 yards to Austin Monahan ’07 and Mike Ciummei ’08, respectively, raising the score to 27-0. As NMH coordinated its offense against the Blue, the Hoggers opted for a quick air attack, calling a large majority of their plays as passes. “They went with a hurry-up offense to avoid running against our defense, and it was a given it would chew up some yards,” said Coach Modeste. NMH scored on a busted assignment play by PA as the half ended with a 27-8 score in Andover’s favor, but that would be the last time NMH would see the endzone against the starting Blue defense. Andover continued to rack up points in the second half, getting six in the third quarter and six more at the start of the fourth quarter, both by way of Ambrosi touchdown rushes. His final touchdown brought his rushing TD season total to 17, breaking the single season school record set last year by Charlie Houghton ’06 in 9 games. Luke DeLuca ’07 finished the PA scoring a minute later, knocking in a 20-yard touchdown run to cap the score at 46-8 before the backups entered. Co-Captain Sherrill returned to form at quarterback with a solid day, going 11 for 22 with two touchdowns and 177 yards passing. “The passing game was improved, we worked it a lot during the week, and everyone was more comfortable,” remarked Coach Modeste. Co-Captain Sherrill also involved a season-high six different receivers in the passing attack, led by Monahan’s four-catch, 65-yard day. DeLuca was also involved in the rushing attack with over 100 yards of his own, behind an offensive line that continues to help churn out 300-yard rushing games against eight man stacked rushes. Kevin Wood ’07 led the pressing defensive attack against the NMH quarterback, who managed to evade sacks a handful of times by throwing off-balance or while getting hit. Andover hosts Deerfield Academy for a Parents’ Weekend matchup tomorrow at 2:30 p.m. in Phelps Stadium. The Green have allowed 14 points or less in four of their five games and will present one of the season’s tougher tests for PA’s offense.