E/A Games Showcase PEA Athletes
Despite the tough loss for Exeter’s football team, it was a perfect afternoon for the fall classic with fans from both teams crowding the stands. Everyone was prepared for a competitive game as both teams entered the game with similar records: 3-4 for PEA and 3-3 for Andover.
Students all smiles despite chilly weather during the football gameThe first quarter saw Andover score first after a fumble recovery on the Exeter 20 yard line. They quickly ran it in for the TD but had the Point-After attempt blocked by Exeter.
Sloppy play and multiple penalties by both teams resulted in an Andover run from the 3 yard line for its 2nd touchdown. A successful 2-point conversion left the score at 14-0 at the 2:55 mark of the first quarter.
A strong run-back by PEA’s Andrew Atsalis ’18 on the kickoff left Exeter with great field position on Andover’s 32 yard line. QB Pete Cahill ’16 made a powerful throw to JT Thompson ’16 for Exeter’s first TD, followed by a successful Point-After attempt. Score: 14-7 Andover.
Approaching half-time, PEA’s Athletic Director Shane LaPointe stopped by to say, ”It’s another Exeter/Andover nail biter… And a great day for Exeter athletics!”
The second half was characterized by long drives by both teams that kept falling short. The final score by Andover came on a run with 1:06 left to finish the scoring for both. Final score: 29-14 for the Andover win.
Other Team Action
Congratulations to the girls volleyball team for an impressive 3-1 win in a much-anticipated rematch between the two powerful teams. PEA wore the Andover squad down, and finished them off with a 25-10 final game. The girls will go on to compete at the NEPSAC Quarterfinals of the Elite Eight tournament on Wednesday Nov. 18.
Field Hockey girls on defense vs. AndoverGV soccer saw PEA battle to a 2-2 tie against a strong Andover squad. GV field hockey fought a defensive battle as Andover finally came out on top 1-0.
Strong defense held the boys soccer game scoreless until the 34 minute mark of the 2nd half when Exeter scored the first goal on a penalty kick. The celebrating for PEA fans was short-lived as Andover found its offensive footing while scoring 3 goals in a row for a 3-2 win over Exeter.
Both cross-country teams competed in their Interschols and ran well. The boys came in 3rd and the girls came in 2nd overall.
Homecoming Weekend marks the end of the fall sports season, dramatically punctuated by the Exeter/Andover Games' slate of contests. The football game against Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts each year extends the longest-standing football rivalry in high school football.
Games Still Available for Webcast Viewing
Not able to catch your favorite team? You can still view the games at https://exeter.gameonstream.com/. After logging in, click on the "On Demand" tab for a list of recorded games.
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Annual bonfire on Homecoming Weekend