With just under two minutes on the clock and his team trailing by a touchdown, Andover coach EJ Perry gave Oliver Eberth the option to pass or run. Perry never doubted that Eberth, a sophomore, had the ability to make the right decision.
Eberth took the snap and carried the ball 6 yards for the tying score, and then delivered the game-tying pass in overtime. Ryan Payne added the extra point, and the No. 20 Golden Warriors defeated North Andover, 33-32, Friday night in North Andover.
“I thought he made huge plays throughout the game, but obviously that touchdown was huge and in overtime, he hit that kid on a pin,” Perry said.
With the game tied, 26-26, after four quarters, North Andover scored first in overtime when Casey Walsh threw his second touchdown pass, an 8-yard strike to Matt Iannone. The 2-point pass conversion failed.
On second down of Andover’s overtime attempt, North Andover was called for pass interference, giving the Golden Warriors a fresh set of downs. That’s when Eberth connected with junior Chris Nichols for the tying score.
Payne’s extra point capped a solid night, in which he connected on 24- and 18-yard field goals. The 18-yarder gave Andover a 13-12 halftime lead.
Payne, who last played as a sophomore on junior varsity, decided to come out for the team his senior year.
“Especially the way he’s come along, this will raise his confidence,” Perry said.
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