LAWRENCE — On a day as cold as Andover’s offense, Super Bowl-bound Central Catholic took home the Turkey Bowl title with a 44-18 victory.
Andover opened the scoring late in the first quarter when senior running back Will Eikenberry culminated Andover’s best drive with a 5-yard touchdown reception from sophomore quarterback Oliver Eberth. It would be the last scoring drive for Andover until late in the fourth quarter.
In between Andover scores, Central Catholic scored 38 straight points largely because of senior wideout Cody Demers.
Demers, who had a picture-perfect catch against Everett Nov. 16 to seal the Raiders’ trip to the Division 1 Super Bowl, had 266 total yards against Andover.
A minute and 10 seconds after Eikenberry’s score, Demers dashed past several Golden Warriors en route to a 37-yard touchdown reception that gave Central the lead for good.
After senior tight end Cam Manning made a nice grab on an 11-yard score early in the second quarter, Demers broke loose for an 80-yard TD run, eluding an Andover defender who seemingly had him wrapped up near midfield.
A Paul Karamourtopoulos 30-yard field goal extended Central’s lead to 24-6 at the half.
After a razzle-dazzle 20-yard touchdown run for junior quarterback Mike Milano, the third quarter ended with quite a bang.
Demers went 86 yards on an interception return and was tackled at the 2.
Moments later, running back Markus Edmunds pounded it in from the 1 to extend the lead to 38-6.
“I read the ball, he overthrew him, I picked it off and then I got in a footrace with the quarterback,” Demers said.
“The papers were picking [Andover] because they thought we were going to look past them,’’ Demers said. “We wanted to come out the whole game and hit ’em with everything we had. It’s the seniors last time on this field, so we wanted to leave our mark.’’
Demers finished with 99 rushing yards, 61 receiving yards, 20 punt return yards, and the 86-yard interception return.
This season marked the first time the Raiders (10-1) beat Andover (6-5) twice in a season.
“There’s only been a select group in Central Catholic history to get 10 wins,” Demers said. “We’re the first to do it since the Super Bowl [Central’s championship squad in the late 1990s]. Now we’re part of that elite group. It’s huge.”