The Warriors showed no signs of fatigue as they dismantled the Rangers early and often in the first-round playoff matchup. Andover Rolls Past Methuen in Quarterfinal Matchup

Just like many quarterfinal MIAA games this weekend, Andover vs Methuen ended in a blowout with the Warriors prevailing 40-12 over the Rangers at Lovely Stadium.

This game got out of hand in a hurry with Andover going up 40-0 at the end of the first half. Senior running back Joshua Ramos accounted for four touchdowns, including an 86-yard rushing touchdown in the first quarter. Ramos finished the day with 182 rushing yards on 13 carries with three rushing TDs, while also hauling in a 23-yard reception for a touchdown.

Andover won this quarterfinal matchup on the ground, but freshman QB Scott Brown Jr. got it done through the air with three passing touchdowns to three different targets, while going a perfect 7-for-7 on pass attempts for 98 yards. Brown also held onto a few keepers to move the chains with his feet.

Methuen struggled to move the ball in the first half as they only had a couple of plays on Andover’s side of the field with zero trips to the red zone. Thankfully, the game did get better for Methuen in the second half.

With a running clock in effect and some of Andover’s starters sitting out the second half, Methuen found the endzone twice. Running back Zac Bergeron ran for a 35-yard touchdown to cut the deficit to 40-6, and quarterback Joe Gangi connected with WR Braeden Carter for a 14-yard touchdown pass as the game clock expired.

Methuen tried to get the run game going early, but Andover did a great job at blowing it up. This forced Methuen into many third-and-long situations where they could not convert through the air. Andover’s defense clearly came to play as evident by their two interceptions, 3 forced fumbles, and 11 tackles for loss (TFLs).

With the win, Andover moves onto the semifinals where they play at St. John’s Prep on Friday at 7 p.m. This will be a tough test for Andover, but they could pull off the upset if they establish the running game early just like they did against Methuen.

Chris Wilson

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