Billerica Indians Football '07

Fri, Oct 05, 2007 07:00 PM @ Central Catholic
Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Final
Billerica 0 6 8 7 21
Central Catholic 0 0 7 0 7

Billerica too much for Central Catholic

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Saturday, October, 06 By Hector Longo
Staff writer

LAWRENCE | Timmy Morrison's reputation and resume on this side of the Merrimack Valley couldn't be any more spectacular.

The Billerica High senior quarterback piled up 209 yards of offense with three TD passes to topple Central Catholic, 21-7, before a Homecoming Night crowd of 2,000 at Veterans Memorial Stadium.

"He's awesome, a great player ... a pain in the neck," lauded Raider coach Chuck Adamopoulos of the elusive Morrison, who last week burned Andover for five TD passes in an Indians win.

"He's a frustrating kid to try and defend."

Like a faucet, Billerica coach Pete Flynn turned Morrison on when he needed him most in the key MVC matchup. He delivered nearly all night long and the Indians clicked on four straight third- or fourth-down conversions when it counted in the second half to push the Raiders below the .500 mark at 2-3, 1-1 in MVC play.

"We didn't capitalize on things, and we have to cut out all the little mistakes," said Adamopoulos. "I mean, I don't think we're that far off from them, but they definitely were the better team tonight."

Central hurt itself all night with crucial penalties, racking up four majors (for 45 painful yards) at pivotal times.

In addition, a still-not-100-percent Mike Leavitt (12 carries, 75 yards, 1 TD) had a rare fumble, going in at the Billerica 2 that cost the Raiders a TD that might have given them a halftime lead. Instead, they trailed 6-0 at the break.

Now 5-0 overall and 3-0 in the MVC, Billerica, which has beaten Methuen, Andover and Central the last three weeks, continues to control its own destiny in the league race. Central can only hope now for a healthier Leavitt and for some help from elsewhere to involve the Raiders again in the dash for the MVC title.

As a team, the Raiders with only 233 yards, barely outgained Morrison, who was aided by Mangie's 19-carry, 91-yard night.

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