By Steven Kimball and Juliana Tran

The Andover Golden Warriors varsity football team is off to a 4-1 start. They’ve won four times on the road, and on Friday, September 30, they won their first home game of the season 24-14, topping Haverhill. Next up for Andover is an away game in Chelmsford on Friday.

Andover Football Coach E.J. Perry confidently said that “there are high expectations for this year’s team, coming off of their run to the playoffs last year.” He said he feels that his players deserve all the recognition they’re receiving.

Quarterback CJ Scarpa, a junior, did not exactly get a warm welcome to varsity as his first start came in front of 3,500 fans in the game against North Andover earlier. He came through and ended up throwing two touchdown passes in the fourth quarter, leading Andover to another victory.

In a later game, the Haverhill defense was no match for Scarpa’s aerial attack; he went 19-29, passing for 281 yards and two touchdowns. The Boston Herald later named him the Player of the Week — in just his fourth start.

Senior Andy Coke was lined up as wide receiver in this game because, as Coach Perry stated, “We evaluate each defense differently and we thought this would be the best position for him versus this defense.”

So far Andover is ranked number eight in the state by the Boston Globe.

The Golden Warriors may have few home games this season, but they had plenty of fans come to support and cheer them on at the home opener.

Sitting in the bleachers, you could almost feel the excitement. The Andover fans, especially the marching band and the chorus, had a lot of spirit. When the band played a song and the cheerleaders cheered, everyone was up on his or her feet shouting “Hey!”

Not only were the fans cheering and clapping, the cheerleaders also contained tons of energy and spirit in their cheers. Some of their cheers to get the spirit going were: “A-H-S, here we go” and “Warriors, Warriors fight, that’s right.” All of the fans were impressed when the cheerleaders did their back flips and performed acrobatic feats.

Everyone became especially excited when the marching band came out during halftime. They played two medleys of songs.