• Nate Peak

2021 State Football

The football team capped off a memorable season with a heart-breaking

28-21 loss in the 4A state championship game to St. James Academy, ending a

historic career for the seniors.

The team broke many records on their way to the team’s second state

championship appearance in three years. Back in 2019, the Jaguars made their second

appearance in the state tournament falling to Bishop Meige.

The class of 2022 made two state tournament appearances in their four years at Andover Central. The seniors graduate as the winningest class in school

history, winning 30 games over the course of three years.

This is the closest anyone from the west side has been to winning 4A since 2013, when Buhler was the last public school to win the state

championship. The division has largely been dominated since then by Bishop Miege and St. James, both private Catholic schools.

Despite this loss, the Jags made a dominant run to the title game, winning four games with a combined score of 187-31. The football team gave St. James Academy Thunder the closest state championship game in 8 years for the 4a state title. The team dominated many strong 4a football teams to make it to the title game.

This was led in part by the AVCTL Division II Offensive MVP, offensive lineman Drew

Daniels, who led an offensive line group that resulted in 348 rushing yards and 8 rushing touchdowns for starting running back Ashton Barkdull in just a three game span. Coach Derek Tuttle was also awarded Coach of the Year honors in AVCTL Division II.

First team All League was also awarded to quarterback Kai Kunz, running back Ashton Barkdull, wide receiver Cooper Tabor, Daniels, linebacker Dillon Savage, defensive lineman Kamden Wilson, defensive back Noah Garcia, and punter Isaac Saye.

The football team finished with a record of 11-2.

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