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Andover Central met a state runner-up, Goddard in a packed house at Andover District Stadium on Friday. The high flying Jags offense was confident they could hang with one of the best teams in 4A.
"We knew we had some places where we could take advantage of them on the passing game," said Andover Central football coach Derek Tuttle. "The kids made some big plays in the first half."
It took all of one play for Andover Central to show they brought their "A" game. Shomari Parnell connected with Xavier Bell on a deep bomb and the Jaguars found the endzone on the games first play.
"We opened up with a play fake, pass fake and then I looked down the field, he had the DB beat and he was behind them," said Andover Central quarterback Shomari Parnell. "Once I saw that they were behind them it's just one on one with a good deep ball which is unbeaten."
Andover Central would continue to go deep on the Lions' defense. Parnell threw three more bombs in the first half to give the Jaguars a commanding 28-7 lead.
"After that first play to X we knew we could really pass on number 2, number 3," said Andover Central wide receiver Matt Macy. "We just opened up the passing game really well and Shamori did a really good job of getting us the ball like you said."
Andover Central would take down Goddard 38-21. It's the first loss of the season for the Lions, while the Jaguars improve to 3-0 under first year head coach Derek Tuttle.
"We're real excited about it. Goddard's been in the finals several times deep in the playoffs. So it was a really good win for us tonight we're excited for it," said Tuttle. "We have some concerns about how we played at times but we're pretty happy."