NORTH ANDOVER – A year ago, Bibi Ramos was sidelined with a broken leg when Andover was dealt a two-touchdown loss by Super Bowl-bound North Andover.
On Thursday morning, the 5-foot-6-inch senior capped a stellar final season, rushing for three touchdowns in the first half as the visiting Golden Warriors built a 34-point cushion to record their first holiday triumph in three years with a 41-8 victory over North Andover.
“It meant everything,” said Ramos, who entered the game with a Division 1-leading 19 touchdowns. “It was really exciting. This game was on my mind the whole year, just getting ready for it. It was amazing. There is no feeling like it. Just going out and playing our game.”
Ramos scored on TD runs of 5, 17, and 5 yards, freshman quarterback Scott Brown Jr. rushed for scores of 16 and 2 yards, and freshman back Lincoln Beal added a 41-yard scoring scamper in the third quarter as the trio combined for 284 yards on the ground.
“We all challenge each other every single day,” said senior captain Michael Slayton, a starting linebacker.
“The scout team is out here playing their butts off trying to make us better. We won in the trenches.”
Andover, which won seven of its last eight games for an 8-3 finish, took advantage of four North Andover turnovers with Ramos turning a fumble into a 5-yard TD in the first two minutes of the game. Ramos put the Warriors up, 13-0, with his 17-yard score late in the first quarter, then made it 19-0 on a 5-yard run early in the second. Brown took over from there with his two TD runs putting Andover up, 34-0, late in the half before NA junior quarterback Will Schimmoeller hit senior Matt Chicko on a 41-yard scoring strike to give the Scarlet Knights (7-4) a lift right before the break.
But Beal, who had an interception in the first half, capped a five-minute drive to start the second half with a long TD to erase any doubt.