North Andover heads into the half with a 6-0 lead over King Philip in the Division 2 Super Bowl. Here are a few quick observations of what we've seen so far.
— King Philip is not going to alter its game plan just yet. The Warriors ran the ball with junior Ryan Halliday 17 times for 52 yards and threw the ball just once. We'd have to think, even though the running game stalled after the first drive, KP will stick with that approach until it absolutely has to switch things up. That first drive was mostly successful, getting all the way down to the North Andover 25-yard line, and this is still a one-score game. No reason for the Warriors to panic yet.
— King Philip's strategy on defense is bold, considering the type of explosive skill players North Andover has. The Warriors are playing without a deep safety, and typically has every defender within the first five yards of the line of scrimmage. KP is bringing blitzers from multiple angles and gaps, and also mixing zone and man effectively. North Andover is a dangerous offensive squad, but KP is doing an excellent job of limiting what the Scarlet Knights can do.
— North Andover wide receiver Gabe DeSouza has arrived as advertised. He has all four receptions from quarterback Jake McElroy for 53 yards, including a spectacular 33-yarder despite good coverage from KP corner Deric Casado. The only blemish on his night was his PAT being blocked after the Scarlet Knights' touchdown.