November 13, 2018

A winning weekend

141st meeting of Andover and Exeter provides thrills, chills, and a final victory

On a rainy, cold, and gusty Saturday at Phillips Academy, Big Blue football, field hockey, and volleyball claimed victory over Exeter, while both boys’ and girls’ soccer games ended in ties. The Andover faithful, undeterred by falling temperatures, packed stadiums and sidelines to cheer on our athletes and witness outstanding athletic competitions. The day marked Head Football Coach Leon Modeste’s final A-E gridiron matchup; he is set to retire as athletic director at the end of the academic year. 

Varsity field hockey, soccer and volleyball all now move into post-season play. At Interschols, boys’ varsity water polo finished third in tournament play. Girls’ cross country also finished third in their Interschols meet; boys’ cross country came in fifth. 

Final Scores

Boys’ Varsity Football defeated Exeter 14-0

Girls’ Varsity Field Hockey defeated Exeter 1-0

Girls’ Varsity Volleyball defeated Exeter 3-0

Girls’ Varsity Soccer tied Exeter 2-2

Boys’ Varsity Soccer tied Exeter 1-1

When I Say Blue, You Say White

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A scramble out of the pocket by QB Michael Thompson ’20

Chioma Ugwonali ’20 spikes for the winner.

Gunga and Blue Keys on the sidelines.

Jessica Moses ’19 dribbles up field.

Girls’ Field Hockey breaks the huddle.

Fans celebrate a winning volley.

David Wang ’20 sets up a pass.

Football Coaches Modeste, Brown and Mundra.


Social Coverage

Relive all the action from the day with the tweets, posts, and photos that happened in real-time with #PhillipsRivalry. The Andover Instagram story for the day also featured fun sideline views and insider access to all the games. 

Spirit Week

Leading up to the rivalry weekend, Andover students showed their Big Blue Spirit with themes for each day of the week. Highlights included cluster color wars, geek day, and eighties disco. On Friday night at the pep rally, students hyped up the crowd with fun dances and routines led by the Blue Key Heads. As a final surprise, the football team and crowd honored Coach Modeste with a fun shirt design and rally cry for his final game: One Mo Game

Students showed their cluster pride by dressing according to their flags’ color.
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