Central Catholic Raiders Football '17

Central rolls to easy win over Lancers

LAWRENCE — Ryan Burns knows full well nothing is guaranteed in football. He watched when his injured older brother, Kyle, had to sit out his senior year at Central Catholic.

So the brawny Irishman from Danville felt blessed. The Raiders took it to Lawrence, 44-20, before about 500 fans on a beautiful Thanksgiving morning. He had family at Veterans Stadium and he was getting hugs left and right from pretty classmates. And in his final football game of his career, Burns was named the Raiders' game MVP (Michael Sullivan Award).

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Football, 11/23/17 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Grounded by Goliath: Central fights back late, but not enough to overcome the loaded Everett powerhouse

LAWRENCE - For a majority of last night's Division 1 North final, it was men against boys at Veterans Memorial Stadium.

Despite the plaudits, all rightly earned, top-seeded and undefeated Central Catholic was helpless against the size, speed and physicality of defending state champion and perennial powerhouse Everett.

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Football, 11/11/17 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Central surges past Methuen, into North final

 LAWRENCE — When the two teams met in the regular season, Central Catholic need three fourth quarter scores to rally past an upset-minded Methuen squad.

With a trip to the Division 1 North final on the line on Friday, the Raiders would need no such comeback.

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Football, 11/03/17 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Howshan, Central defense take center stage

LAWRENCE - Lost in the maze of offensive heroics for the unbeaten Central Catholic football team this fall has been some pretty impressive defense.

There were plenty of offensive highlights again Friday night in the first round of the Division 1 playoffs, as the Raiders (8-0) whipped Acton-Boxboro 44-0, but it was probably the defense that shined brightest,

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Football, 10/27/17 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Central mauls Andover en route to MVC title

ANDOVER — The Central Catholic came to Andover High's Lovely Field with an undefeated record and high hopes as the temperatures get lower this fall.

Nothing changed after the Red Raiders, now 7-0, left here obliterating Andover, 49-13, en route to at least a tie of the 2017 Merrimack Valley Conference title.

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Football, 10/20/17 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Central's Edwards dominates Lowell in homecoming

LOWELL — Bret Edwards remembers watching from the stands as his older brother, Kyle, played quarterback for Lowell High.
Years later, the younger Edwards has returned to hometown Cawley Stadium twice, and has left with a victory both times — just with the one caveat of being the quarterback for visiting Central Catholic. 
During his latest trip home on Friday night, Edwards threw for 162 yards and two touchdowns on 8 of 12 passing as Central, the second ranked team in Eastern Mass., throttled Lowell, 49-7. 
For Edwards, it’s always special playing against the kids he grew up with, even though he’s on the opposite sideline. Plus, it makes for some fun conversation with his brother.
“He’ll talk all that smack before the game. But win or lose it’s still fun to play here,” said a smiling Edwards.
“It’s always good coming back here. I mean, it’s my hometown and I get to play against all my friends. I grew up with a lot of those guys, going to school with them and to the gym with them. Win or lose it’s always a good experience.”
The UNH recruit was efficient and the defense dominated for 6-0 Central Catholic.
Lowell, now 4-2, had averaged a whopping 41.4 points per game heading into Friday. Star senior back Anthony Doung, the Red Raiders’ top weapon, was averaging 129.4 yards on the ground.
But, for all intents and purposes, Central’s defense pitched a shutout. It wasn’t until late in the third quarter when Lowell rushed in a score off the backups. As for Duong, well, he was kept in check for just 17 yards on seven carries.
“They’ve been putting up points all year so it was a good test for us tonight,” said Central coach Chuck Adamopoulos. “I like the way our kids responded defensively. I thought they recognized well and I thought they competed well.”
Central helped itself out by causing four turnovers. Joe Howshan had two interceptions, Gregory Desrosiers had a pick and the Raiders also forced a fumble.
Howshan also broke off a 23-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter, and Desrosiers led the team with 104 receiving yards and a juggling 21-yard TD reception. Mathias Villafane continued his hot stretch with six catches for 58 yards and a touchdown, and also ran back the second half kickoff 90 yards for another score.
After Villafane’s kickoff return, Anthony Caggianelli broke off a 78-yard TD to make it 49-0 early in the third. The Raiders called off the dogs shortly after.
For Lowell, Friday night ended a two-game stretch that started with last week’s beating from Everett, the No. 1 ranked team in the Eastern Mass.
Central had 14 different rushers Friday night, and eight in one drive. The red-hot offense is now averaging 40.5 points per game.
“We just followed our game plan,” said Edwards. “We just did what we practiced all week. Our game plan was to just do what we do and get better every week, and that’s what we did.”
That game plan will make its way to Andover on Friday for a 7 p.m. kickoff.

Central Catholic 49, Lowell 7
Central Catholic (6-0):     14 21 14 0 — 49
Lowell (4-2):      0  0  7 0 —  7
First Quarter
 CC — Max Faro 5 run (Zach DeBay kick), 8:23
 CC — Ty Donatio 2 run (DeBay kick), 4:43
Second Quarter
 CC — Joe Howshan 23 run (DeBay kick), 8:14
 CC — Mathias Villafane 9 pass from Bret Edwards (DeBay kick), 3:51
 CC — Gregory Desrosiers 21 pass from Edwards (DeBay kick), 1:28
Third Quarter
 CC — Villafane 90 kickoff return (DeBay kick), 10:49
 CC — Anthony Caggianelli 78 run (DeBay kick), 5:59
 L — Justin Villanueva 3 run (Mike Menezes kick), 2:49
RUSHING: CENTRAL (32-182): Anthony Caggianelli 2-80, Ty Donatio 5-32, Joe Howshan 2-26, Matthew Shaw 3-16, Mark Kassis 3-12, Jared Gillis 2-10, Jared Silverio 1-7, Max Faro 3-6, Aidan Gordon 1-3, Lewy Baez-Troncoso 1-3, Jose Armando Binet 1-3, Deven DeBay 1-0, Michael Finneran 2-(-2), Bret Edwards 5-(-14); 
LOWELL (31-145): Curtis Gentles 11-74, Justin Villaneuva 9-54, Anthony Doung 7-17, Thomas Cannon 1-1, Richmond Kwaateng 3-(-1)
PASSING: CENTRAL — Bret Edwards 8-12-0, 162, J.J. Mercuri 0-1-0, 0; LOWELL — Curtis Gentles 6-19-3, 87
RECEIVING: CENTRAL — Gregory Desrosiers 2-104, Villafane 6-58; LOWELL — Brendan Tighe 5-77, Cannon 1-10

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Football, 10/13/17 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Faro, Central Catholic rolling into final weeks of regular season after beating Haverhill

LAWRENCE — It was a short day at the office for Max Faro and his fellow Central Catholic starters.

Faro and Co. spent the second half of Saturday’s 41-7 win over Haverhill on the sidelines as spectators, cheering on the stream of reserves that shuttled onto the field.

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Football, 10/07/17 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Central withstands another slow start

BILLERICA - Billerica's game plan against powerhouse Central Catholic was evident from its first snap: Run the offense at a pace a turtle would think is slow.

It started as a sound strategy. Keep the ball away from Central's array of playmakers while chewing up as much clock as possible. And, thanks to a muffed punt and an interception on Central's first play, Billerica held a 7-0 lead after the first quarter - a quarter that the Raiders' offense ran just two plays in.

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Football, 09/30/17 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Central stalls, then sprints past Methuen

LAWRENCE — Heading into the fourth quarter, the upset seemed to be within Methuen’s grasp.

When Saul Cespedes sprinted into the end zone with 3:26 to go in the third, he gave his Rangers a two-score advantage, as Methuen drew closer to its first win over Central Catholic since 2010.

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Football, 09/23/17 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars

Central Catholic defense overwhelms Prep in convincing victory

LAWRENCE — After all of the hype, the state championship chatter, and an extra day of waiting thanks to a flood, it was time for Central Catholic to prove itself against another Massachusetts football power.

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Football, 09/16/17 » 0 Comments & 0.0 Stars