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Andover's football team battles North Andover tomorrow night to start the 2011 season.

Welcome to the ninth and final installment of our Golden Warriors fall sports season preview. Today we look at the Andover High School football team.

There were some bumps in the road but 2010 was a dream season for the Golden Warriors.

Andover will once again face North Andover to begin the regular season. The Warriors have bested the Knights every year since 2005. Last year’s result was a 21-9 win at Andover High School.

North Andover will be eager to prove their worth as beginning in the fall of 2012.

The Warriors were 4-1 in early October, and everything was looking peachy for new head coach EJ Perry. A pair of losses to Chelmsford and Methuen put Andover’s postseason hopes on hold.

Andover ripped off four straight wins against Dracut, Billerica, Lowell, and Central Catholic, with the latter two being absolutely unforgettable games.

Against Lowell, the Warriors won 88-82 in a dramatic, high scoring, marathon game. Then on Thanksgiving, .

Junior had the game clinching touchdown in each game. The win over Central Catholic clinched the MVC Large title for Andover.

in the playoffs; it was a heartbreaking end to a very successful season. Head coach EJ Perry and the Warriors will have one last run in them with their star running back Andrew Coke returning to lead the offense in his senior season.

Perry’s brother John coaches the . Their offenses are somewhat similar as they typically run a hurry-up style.

Coke and the rest of the offense are itching to get back on the field after a long off-season following the harsh playoff loss.

Tomorrow’s game will be at beginning at 7pm. Tickets cost $5 for students and $7 for adults. Seniors will be admitted for $5 while children under five can attend for free.

After battling the Knights, Andover travels to Gloucester and Tewksbury the following weeks. Click for the Warriors complete regular season schedule.

Tune in throughout the season for coverage of the Golden Warriors football team and as always, your pictures and videos are welcome. Just send an email to jay@jayoza.org to contribute.  

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