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Central Catholic Raiders Football '08

Chelmsford downs Central

Central held Billerica to eight points last week and Chelmsford to 12 today but it wasn't enough as the Lions pulled out a 12-5 win. Zak Adamopoulos had two sacks and two other tackles for losses.

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Football, 10/20/10 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

McConnell, Hennessy too much for Central

Andover:Central Coach Chuck Adamopoulos gives an official an ear full during half-time of Andover's 26-17 win at Lovely Field. Roger Darrigrand The Eagle-Tribune6 Photos

ANDOVER — The moment the ball fell into Sean Ehlbeck’s hands, it was clear fate was on Andover’s side.

“The play we supposed to go to the other side of the field,” said Ehlbeck. “I saw (quarterback John Hennessy) scrambling. He threw it up over me, so I flowed with it and figured I’d give it a shot. It was tipped, fell into my hands, and it went from there.”

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Football, 11/27/08 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Central’s ground game meets Andover’s aerial attack

Andover:Andover's Tucker Devine fumbles the ball while being brought down by Central's Bill Condurelli and John DiBitetto in the first half leading to a Central field goal during Andover's 26-17 win at Lovely Field. Roger Darrigrand The Eagle-Tribune6 Photos

Both long ago out of the MVC race, Central Catholic and Andover had hoped for more. But a win on Thanksgiving Day heals many wounds.

“Winning on Thanksgiving would make our season,” said Andover defensive lineman Jake Lebowitz. “Even if we went 0-10, then beat Central, it would be a good season.”

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Football, 11/26/08 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Central Catholic at Andover

Andover:Central Catholic's Andrew Ouellette manages to pull in a pass from quarterback Shain Jowett while Andover's Craig Hornung and Matt Washburn cover during Andover's 26-17 win at Lovely Field. Roger Darrigrand The Eagle-Tribune6 Photos

Andover kicker Matt Murray's 41-yard field goal against Methuen ties the longest by a Golden Warrior since The Eagle-Tribune began keeping the record in 1983.

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Football, 11/25/08 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Central Catholic shocks Billerica

BILLERICA — As Central Catholic head coach Chuck Adamopoulos left the field after last night’s 20-8 triumph over Billerica, he couldn’t help but think, what if?

He wondered where the Raiders would stand in the MVC had they been able to put together a string of efforts like they had against Billerica.

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Football, 11/08/08 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Methuen ends 12-year hex

Lawrence: Methuen football players, from left, Pat Crimmins (#85), Pat O'Leary (#22) Zach Jordan, (#69) and Timmy Higgins, (#83) celebrate after the Rangers defeated Central Catholic 21-14 for the first time in 12 years. 7 Photos

 

LAWRENCE — With all the strides Methuen High football has made in less than two seasons under Pat Graham, legitimacy would always elude the Rangers if they couldn't deal with Central Catholic.

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Football, 10/31/08 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Defense powers Central to win

Lawrence: Central Catholic's (#55) Zak Adamopoulos and Bill Condurelli (right) celebrate after stopping Tewksbury from scoring with minutes left in the game in football action. Central defeatedTewksbury 21-13. 6 Photos

 

LAWRENCE - Granted the opportunity to start at linebacker, Central Catholic's Jimmy Haddad enthusiastically roamed sideline to sideline, attacking and destroying any Tewksbury player in his path.

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Football, 10/24/08 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Ball-hawking Central outlasts Haverhill

Lawrence: Central's Andy Scott tries to shake Haverhill's Tim Nutter during Central's 26-13 win Saturday afternoon. Photo by Roger Darrigrand/Eagle-Tribune Saturday, October 18, 20085 Photos

LAWRENCE - The will and desire exhibited on the run were admirable, the athleticism and balance at times brilliant.

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Football, 10/18/08 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Ball-hawking Central outlasts Haverhill

Lawrence: Central's Shain Jowett fights for extra yardage during Central's 26-13 win Saturday afternoon. Photo by Roger Darrigrand/Eagle-Tribune Saturday, October 18, 20085 Photos

LAWRENCE — The will and desire exhibited on the run were admirable, the athleticism and balance at times brilliant. 

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Football, 10/18/08 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Lowell, Central Catholic

LAWRENCE — Lowell head coach Al Pare didn’t take much credit for last night’s huge 14-7 victory over Central Catholic, but he was more than eager to single out defensive coordinator Kevin Callagy, the former North Andover head coach and assistant at Haverhill.
“What a great job by Coach Callagy,” said Pare. “We were ready for everything they did. We were last in defense last year (in the MVC) and we must be first now.”
With direction from Callagy, who was elevated from line coach, Lowell improved to 3-2, which is already one win more than last year, while Central dropped to 2-3, 0-2 in the Merrimack Valley Conference.
“This one was really big for the program,” said Pare. “I think the kids will believe in themselves now.”
Lowell’s defense was particularly tough in the pivotal first half. Lowell grabbed a 14-0 lead from which the Raiders were not able to recover.
Lowell tailback Ambruse Carter (25 carries, 103 yards) ran hard from the outset, but it was two passes from sophomore quarterback Kyle Edwards (6 of 7, 89 yards), who was impressive filling in for injured captain Tim McLeod, and a key turnover that made all the difference.
Taking over on its second possession at its own 34, Carter gained 24 yards on two carries, but a 33-yard pass to Julian Scott brought the ball to the Central 2-yard line and set up the first score, a 2-yard dive by Carter.
Central fumbled the ensuing kickoff on an attempted reverse, giving the ball back to Lowell on the 17. Five plays later, after a 12-yard pass to Joe Healy, another short run made it 14-0.
“That was a big turnover on the kickoff — we gave up two touchdowns within five minutes and you can’t do that,” said Central coach Chuck Adamopoulos. “We’ve been doing that (key turnovers) all year.”
Meanwhile, Central had no luck rushing the ball in the first half. The Raiders managed only one drive, advancing to the Lowell 20 late in the first half before Shain Jowett’s protection broke down and he was sacked three times in a row.
Spurred on by a homecoming crowd of over 1,000 fans, Central dominated the second half, allowing Lowell just two first downs and 43 yards of total offense. But the host Raiders lost a great opportunity when their opening drive of the second half stalled at the Lowell 16, and they weren’t able to score until 2:49 remained in the game when Jowett ran one yard for the TD.
When he had the time, Jowett enjoyed an excellent day throwing (11 of 20, 166 yards), with Brendan Walsh catching five passes for 86 yards. Zack Lattrell, Zak Adamopoulos and John DiBitetto shined on defense in the second half. But time ran out for Central.
“No excuses, they deserved to win,” said Adamopoulos. “We played better defense in the second half, but the first half killed us.”

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Football, 10/11/08 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars
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