Wendy's Team of the Week: Andover Trojans

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If beating a good team once is hard, try doing it two weeks in a row. That's what Andover was tasked with as they visited Valley Center for a second straight week. Only this time around, it was win or go home.

"Going into this, I didn't know what to expect," freshman quarterback Eli Fahnstock said. "This is my first time, obviously playing in the playoffs, but it's just a completely different atmosphere."

The Trojans took a 20-14 lead into halftime, only to see the lead dwindle away in the second half.

"They do great things here and we knew it was not going to be easy, but our kids responded," Andover head coach Cade Armstrong said. "They faced so much adversity tonight, it was great."

Big plays from Fahnstock kept Andover in it until the end, throwing a ball deep downfield to convert on third down late in the game.

"That freshman's something special, I tell you what," Armstrong said. "He wasn't supposed to throw there, we were trying to get the first. That's just what he's got inside of him, he goes for it. It was a great play."

It's safe to say the 15 year old did not crack under the pressure, driving down the field to get his team in position to win the game on a field goal.

"We expected it, we knew, they've got some good players, they've got a good team," Fahnstock said. "Just coming into this game we knew it's hard to beat a two times in a row so I'm just proud of our guys that we could pull it off."

Now they move on to an even bigger test - a meeting with undefeated Goddard in round two of the state playoffs.

"We're excited. We're ready to play anybody," Armstrong concluded. "Love these kids, love this coaching staff, having a blast."

"Their whole team is good," Fahnstock added. "I just look forward to the task and seeing what our guys can do."

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