Central Catholic Raiders Football '12

Central rolls over Billerica


Central Catholic rolled to a 28-8 halftime lead on its way to a 42-23 victory over Billerica, improving to 8-1 and setting up a Thanksgiving showdown with Andover for the MVC title. 

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Football, 11/02/12 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Raiders rally, drop Lowell


LOWELL — Central Catholic's conference game at Cawley Stadium last night proved to be so wild, crazy and often confusing that coach Chuck Adamopoulus wasn't sure if his team's 8-point victory was unique or common place.

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Football, 10/26/12 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Central toughens up in red zone, downs Tewksbury

LAWRENCE — It may not have always been pretty, but Central Catholic toughened up in the clutch last night.

The Raiders saw Tewksbury drive inside their 40-yard line on four of their five possessions in the second half, but all four times Central turned the Redmen away without points on the way to a 16-7 victory.

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Football, 10/12/12 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Central wins easily over Methuen, 35-14

CARL RUSSO/Staff photo. Central Catholic defeated Methuen 35-14 in Friday night football action. Central's captain, Ryan Doherty dives for Methuen's quarterback, Austin George-Williams from behind to sack him. 10/5/2012. 14 Photos

METHUEN — The Central Catholic High football team dominated the Methuen High Rangers from start to finish en route to a 35-14 win before 2,100 fans at Nicholson Field last night.

Central got huge performances from several players, including and especially sophomore quarterback Michael Milano, who rushed for 103 yards, threw for 101 yards, while running for two TDs and throwing for two more.

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Football, 10/05/12 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Central runs over Lawrence

CARL RUSSO/Satff photo. Central Catholic defeated Lawrence High in Friday night football action. Central defenders, Matthew Halaby (left) Edmunds Markus (right) and Michael Balsamo (top) tackle Lawrence's, Jeremiah Damrion causing him to fumble the ball in the 3rd. quarter. Central recovered the fumble allowing their offense to score another touchdown. 9/28/2012. 16 Photos
LAWRENCE — One team rode its rising sophomore quarterback, the other let the big-play guys surrounding him make life easy for the young gun.
And while we should hear plenty in the future from Lawrence's dynamic Nelson Valerio and Central Catholic's smooth Mike Milano down the road, it was the latter with a vastly superior supporting case who had their way in Central's dominating 35-6 defeat of the Lancers before about 300 rain-soaked fans at Veterans Memorial Stadium last night.
Junior D'andre Drummond-Mayire and sophomore Michael Balsamo each ran for a pair of touchdowns in a night where the Raiders grabbed a 21-0 halftime lead and never looked back.
"We have good size on the line, and we took advantage of it. (On the TD runs) I saw nothing but green, wide open holes, I just hit them hard," said Drummond-Mayire. "We had to come out hard and make a statement. We have stuff to work on, we improved from last week. We only have 11 games, and they all count."
Drummond-Mayire carried just six times for 81 yards, while Balsamo's three touches went for 8, 37 and 44 yards. 
Central now moves to 3-1 and heads to Methuen Friday night, while 0-4 Lawrence will host Lowell here Friday.
'Fast Times' remake?: For a minute, it sounded an awful lot like the football scene back in the 1980s classic "Fast Times at Ridgemont High."
The silky voice of the Lancers, Rich Gorham was all over it: "Tackle by Central's Matt Halaby ... Crushed by Halaby ... Ripped by Halaby ... Halaby ... Halaby ... Halaby."
Said Gorham, "He was ridiculous, the dominant Central Catholic player on the field tonight. The back of my says eight solo tackles and four sacks, at least."
Central coach Chuck Adamopoulos said the performance came to him as no surprise.
"He's been doing that all year," said Adamopoulos of the 6-foot-1 senior. "He and the other defensive tackle, Joe Brown, have been tearing it up inside."
Pair of blocks: Lawrence continued to struggle in the punting game, and the Raiders made them pay with a pair of blocks, one apiece by captain Ryan Doherty and scrappy special teams maven Zach Canto.
Each set up a Central TD inside the Lancer 10.
Lancer positives: Lawrence's QB Valerio didn't put up the big numbers, but the nifty sophomore continues to show some explosive ability in the pocket. Valerio hit on 12 of 21 passes for 127 yards with a 25-yard TD hookup to George Urena (5 catches, 91 yards).
Senior Jaddiel Polanco continues to play well on the corner for the Lancers and added another field goal block to his docket in the fourth quarter.
"We're just making too many mistakes right now," said Lancer coach Mike Yameen. "And you can't do that against a team like Central Catholic."

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Football, 09/28/12 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Sweet win for Jean-Jacques

DANVERS — Meaner, hungrier and yes, even a little bit nastier.

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Football, 09/16/12 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars