Trojans tame the Tigers in Andover in AVCTL-II battle


By Travis Mounts

A stout defense from the Andover Trojans played a key role in last Friday’s 19-0 shutout of the visiting Eisenhower Tigers.
The loss dropped the Tigers to 1-3 this season. Andover is now 3-1, and sitting on top of the Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League Div. II with a 3-0 record in league games.
A big pass helped put the Trojans in scoring position in the first quarter, and they scored a few plays later on a broken play that was salvaged by a quarterback scramble and a pass into the end zone.
Trailing 7-0, the Tigers had a punt from their own 38-yard line blocked and returned for a touchdown, giving the Trojans a 13-0 lead. That was the score at halftime. Andover added an insurance score in the second half.
Turnovers were an issue for the Tigers, who lost several fumbles and gave away an interception. More than one trip to the red zone ended in no points.
Statistically, the teams were nearly equal although neither team piled up the yardage. The Trojans had 257 yards of total offense, with 220 coming through the air. Eisenhower gained 219, throwing for 177. The Tigers ran for 42 yards, edging Andover’s 37 rushing yards.
In addition to being young, the Tigers lost a wide receiver to a hamstring injury. They started last Friday’s game with four sophomores in the starting 11 on offense. At the beginning of the season, only one sophomore was starting.
“We’re not far from being the team I think we can be,” Fisher said.
Eisenhower is fifth in the league at 1-2, tied with Salina Central, the only team the Tigers have beaten so far.
This Friday brings a good opportunity for the Tigers to get their second victory of the season as they host the crosstown rival Goddard Lions. GHS has struggled this season, going 0-4 and sitting last in the AVCTL-II. Of course, the Lions see the Tigers as a good opportunity to get their first victory of the season.
“This is a big game for both of us. It’s a rivalry game. You want to do what you can to have bragging rights,” Fisher said. “Rivalry games are always fun.”
Kickoff is at 7 p.m. at Goddard District Stadium. The Tigers will be the home team. It is part of a big weekend in Goddard, with many alumni from both schools expected in town for reunion events and for the Goddard Fall Festival.