LOWELL — At times it wasn’t pretty, but Central Catholic did enough to take control of first place in the Merrimack Valley League (Division 1) by defeating Lowell, 42-34, Friday night at Cawley Stadium.
“It was a crazy game,” said Central Catholic coach Chuck Adamopoulous. “I’ve been in the MVC since 1984 and I miss the days of a 14-7 game, these games are insane.”
Sophomore Michael Milano’s 34-yard fourth-quarter TD pass to Cody Demers proved to be the difference in the game. On fourth and 17 with Lowell up, 34-28, Milano rolled to his right and heaved a deep floater that landed in the hands of Demers in the end zone. The ensuing extra point by Thomas Jenoski put the Raiders up, 35-34, a lead they would never relinquish.
Milano also threw a 30-yard TD score to Michael Barry on the Raiders’ first offensive play from scrimmage, ran for a 1-yard score to make it 14-7 in the first quarter, and threw a 25-yard pass to Demers on the final play of the first quarter to make it 20-7.
“[Milano] is very calm for a sophomore and he is doing a good job and has a lot of leadership for a young kid,” said Adamopoulous.
Central Catholic (7-1, 2-0) got a huge boost right before halftime. Lowell had the ball and the lead with three seconds left and attempted a screen pass but Cam Latta’s throw was intercepted by D’andre Drummond-Mayire who took it 40 yards for a score. After a 2-point conversion, Central Catholic took a 28-21 lead into the locker room.
“That kind of changed the way we were going into halftime because we were definitely down at that point,” said Adamopoulos.
Lowell (6-2, 1-1) stayed in the game thanks to Latta, who threw for four scores.
“I thought we finally played good defense for the last part of the fourth quarter and played like we have been playing all year.
Playing a 42-34 game isn’t my style but it was a good win and they are a great team. Lowell is one of the teams you have to beat if you want to win this league,” said Adamopoulos.