The Trojans rushed for 350 yards as a team, but none of them had more than 50.
“Honestly, that was just a complete team game,” said Andover senior defensive lineman Noah Harkness. “And that's how this team is. Everybody’s supporting each other. We don’t have any ‘me’ players.”
Andover already has as many victories as the last two seasons combined, and has won its last two by a combined score of 96-7.
Are the Trojans officially back?
“I don’t know,” Andover coach Mike Lee said, “but we’ll find out next week.”
That’s when the Trojans play Andover Central, a team it last defeated in 2009, in its annual crosstown rivalry game.
Lee said there are two major differences in his team between now and a year ago. First is the Trojans’ work in the weight room. They now have former Wichita State basketball player Ryan Herrs as a strength coach.
“The workouts are very precise; very specific,” Harkness said. “When we walk into the weight room, we know exactly what our goal is that day.”
Secondly, Lee said, the Trojans have a salty group of seniors who have been forced into playing time since they were sophomores. That’s the season Andover moved up to Class 5A, and they immediately went from being a state title contender to a team simply struggling to belong.
“Our seniors have been through it all,” Lee said. “I mean, you couldn’t rattle them with a brick.”
Which is perhaps why Lee shouldn’t have been too worried after the Trojans punted on their first two possessions and ended the first quarter with no points. The 0-4 Bulldogs could do nothing offensively – going three and out on their first two possessions – and ended the game with nine punts and minus-17 rushing yards.
The Trojans went on to score 21 points in the second quarter and 20 in the third. Mason Biberstein scored two of those touchdowns, and was Andover’s leading rusher with 50 yards on eight carries.
“Even though we had a great week of practice, we were dead during warmups,” Lee said. “The first quarter was not good. But once we got rolling, we were OK.”