Jags struggle against Andover

Every winter, excitement and anticipation reaches it’s peak for Andover and Andover Central. The first contest of Andover vs. Central was Tuesday. Students and athletes look forward to this game every year. The boys headed into the contest as an underdog with a 3-3 record. Andover is undefeated with a record of 6-0. The Jags have nine seniors that play varsity minutes that were all on the State bound football team. Which means they had less time to prepare for their first game.
“We didn’t have a lot of time. Every other team in the state had two more weeks of practice than us,” senior Ty Herrmann said. “So, we really weren’t prepared as much as the other teams but Christmas break really helped in hitting the reset button and getting ready for the next half of the season.”
Last season, the Jags won both contests against the Trojans winning by above double-digits in both games. However, Trojans are currently 2nd in the Maxpreps 5A rankings. It should be a gritty and physical game. Andover has multiple three-pointer shooting threats and are shooting 37% from beyond the arc.
“They play together really well,” head coach Jesse Herrmann said. “They seem to have a lot of pieces that fit well together and that’s why they are undefeated.”
Andover is a good team and the Jags have to bounce back from a rocky start to counter their strengths.
“We need to play well and hopefully come out with a win, but that’s going to take a really good effort this year to get that done,” Herrmann said.
The boys had their hands full with an undefeated Andover team. Andover jumped out to a hot start scoring 20 points in the first quarter. The Jags didn’t go away, only down seven at the end of the first. The Jags were down 22-31 at half. Still was a 4-5 possession game.
“They hit a lot of shots early and then they hit us with a lot of backdoors that killed us,” senior Jerome Washington said.
The Jags cut the lead down to seven points in the fourth quarter, but the Trojans kept hitting shots. Later in the fourth, senior Trey Degarmo went diving for a ball and got called for a foul, he was then called for a technical foul.
“They got the rebound then I went and dove and went for the ball. I did get it right out of his hands. So then they ended up calling a foul on me and I was pretty frustrated with the call and the score, too,” Degarmo said. “I said ‘no sir, no sir, that’s all ball’ and then blew the whistle and T-d me up.”
Prior to the technical foul, the Jags were down by fourteen points, so a late comeback was still possible. Eventually, the Trojans kept hitting shots and the Jags couldn’t keep up. Final score was 51-68 ending in a Trojans win.