Editor's note: Andover senior tight end Brian Miller checks in with his third Player Diary installment.
We are now 5-3 on the year and, while the three losses may not be what we were hoping for, the team has come an extremely long way from where we were at the beginning of the season. This past week we played Dracut, one of the top teams in our conference, and beat them 46-19 on our Senior Night. It was a huge win for us because we were coming off of two straight losses to Chelmsford and Methuen. It was also huge because as seniors it was our last time playing under the Friday night lights. The entire week the seniors as well as the rest of the team worked incredibly hard in practice because everyone knew how important the game was to the program, our season, and especially, our seniors.
It is hard to imagine now that I will never get the opportunity to play under the lights at home with all of the guys I’ve played with since Andover Junior Football, but I couldn’t have asked for a better way to go out on senior night. It was an entire team effort and every senior on the team got a chance to get in and contribute to the win. Throughout the entire game, emotions were running high and I know my fellow seniors and I will remember the night for the rest of our lives not only because revenge was on our minds as Dracut had put up over 50 points on us the last two years, but because we all know how hard we’ve worked together over the year to accomplish this one goal and we finally have it in our reach.
This upcoming week we have Billerica at their place, which will be a tough game. We have already discussed how we need to come out this week even harder and more focused to keep this head of steam that we have begun to build up. Billerica is a good team and we really need to maintain our intensity in order to win this week and win out for the rest of the season. I think this past week really made a statement to the rest of the Merrimack Valley Conference that Andover isn’t going to give up without a fight.