Central Catholic Raiders Football '20-'21

Central wraps up perfect Fall 2 season

LOWELL – A once-in-a-lifetime Fall 2 football season ended Friday night for Central Catholic much like it had been forecast as the Raiders emerged from prohibitive favorites into the indisputable Merrimack Valley Conference champions.

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Football, 04/23/21 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Central wraps up perfect regular season

LAWRENCE – Central Catholic closed out the Fall 2 regular season the same way it had finished each of the previous six weeks – with a comfortable victory.

Playing host to crosstown rival Lawrence Thursday evening, the Raiders raced to a 23-point halftime lead en route to a 36-6 win over the Lancers. In the six-game season, the first-team defense did not surrender a point while Central outscored opponents by a combined 216-32.

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Football, 04/15/21 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Central wallops Methuen

METHUEN — As Central Catholic's Tommy Casey scooped up the fumble and broke toward the end zone, the linebacker couldn't help but listen for footsteps

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Football, 04/09/21 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Central Catholic blanks Andover

LAWRENCE – The score, 17-0, said “easy” like the other three Central Catholic blowouts.
But the score lied.
Central Catholic had to earn this one over its “arch” rival, Andover High. As in really earn it.
It took a few late Andover drops, a near sack and quarterback Ayden Pereira’s signature – a 21-yard run and a 13-yard bullet pass for a touchdown to finally seal Central’s fourth win in the Fall 2 season.
One issue for Central were a pair of sophomores, quarterback Scott Brown and running back Lincoln Beal.
They are and they were electric. Beal finished with 116 yards, all hard-earned, on 24 carries, and Brown, only 5-foot-8, made plays with his feet (55 yards) and his arm (95 yards).
The problem was when Andover was close to scoring, it couldn’t.
When Central was close to scoring, only three times, it did.
“They were better than I thought they were going to be,” said Pereira, who finished completing 17 of 24 passes for 201 yards and two TDs. But he also had two interceptions.
“They confused us a lot on defense,” said Pereira, who opened the scoring, completing five consecutive passes before hitting a wide open sophomore Mathias Latham for a 21-yard score.
Andover sandwiched three red zone drives around a Nick Mazzie 31-yard field, getting to Central 6, 17 and 14. Two penalties hurt and as did two missed field goals.
“When you play a team that good, you can’t give them any help,” said Andover coach E.J. Perry. “They’re good. They do everything well. We can’t have drops and commit penalties in the red zone against a team like that. But I am proud of our team. We’re young and we’re learning a lot here.”
Central defense, in the end, came up big in getting the shutout.
Central’s behemoth 6-foot-1, 270-pound defensive tackle Uyi Sayimwen not only had 12 tackles, but six were for losses on the lightning quick Brown.
Tommy Casey also had 11 tackles and some big hits on Beal and Brown.
“We have to thank Andover because we needed a game like this,” said Central coach Chuck Adamopoulos. “They are tough. Beal is for real. So is Brown. They fought us the entire way. We had to make a few plays and we did.
“After that loss to Methuen, 
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Football, 04/09/21 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Central storms Billerica

BILLERICA – When you outscore opponents by a combined 115 points in the opening half, chances are second stringers will be enjoying their season.

Central Catholic once again went deep into the bench Saturday afternoon, inaugurating the new field at Billerica High School with a 47-6 victory over the Indians, who were a late substitution for Boston College High, which had to cancel its scheduled game with the Raiders because of Covid protocols.

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Football, 04/03/21 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Central cruises to second win

LAWRENCE – The calendar said Saturday was the first day of spring, but the Central Catholic football team has easily sprung into its Fall 2 season.

A week after opening the season with a 25-point win at Lowell, the Raiders returned home and shutout visiting Haverhill 43-0.

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Football, 03/20/21 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Highly-touted sophomore transfer Zinter shines in Central debut

LOWELL — Central Catholic sophomore Preston Zinter wasted no time making a good first impression Friday night.

On Central’s first offensive play of the Fall 2 season, the 6-foot-3, 215-pound transfer from North Andover somehow hauled in a 37-yard pass from junior Ayden Pereira along the sideline despite extremely tight coverage.

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Football, 03/12/21 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars