EVERETT — One was neutralized for three plus quarters, the other admittedly a tad paralyzed, at least in the moment.
Who could have imagined that Cody Demers and Michael Milano, after an absolutely lifeless first half, would rise from the turf here at Everett Veterans Memorial Stadium and slay the three-time defending state champion?
Instantly on this November afternoon in this hall of high school gridiron greatness, those two made their own history, authoring the unlikeliest of upsets and ending Everett High’s season much earlier than the Tide is used too.
“Sheer adrenaline,” was how Demers describe his heroic ride.
His quarterback, Milano, was at a loss for words, as if it really never happened.
But it did, Mr. Milano. You did shake off a 3 of 9, 21-yard start.
Milano clearly got caught in the moment, one of the few impact juniors the Raiders have.
“Three-time defending state champion with all those players, their crowd at their stadium, who wouldn’t be a little nervous,” said Milano.
“At halftime, Coach A (Chuck Adamopoulos) made a great point. It was 7-0, it wasn’t 30-0. I think that settled us all down, at least offensively.”
For most of the day he looked tentative, maybe a little indecisive.
And then tied at 7-7 deep in the third quarter, the Raiders ran a pull-read to the right, Milano yanked the football from D’Andre Drummond-Mayrie’s belly and cut through a crack. For 60 yards, it looked like one of three Everett speedsters would track him down. Nobody could, though, and Milano gave the Raiders a 14-7 lead headed to the fourth.
Milano’s mettle had been restored.
Everett responded like the champ that it is. The tide rolled right down again and with some chicanery on the PAT. Yes, the rusty gate or swinging gate or whatever they call it, worked for two points and a 15-14 lead.