EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

November 17, 2013

Super Central duo rises, KOs Everett in unlikeliest of finishes

High School Football
Hector Longo

---- — 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.

Enter Demers.

Central’s Wes Welker drew Wisconsin-bound Lubern Figaro in one-on-one coverage all day. And Lugaro had been working a shutout, or close to it anyway.

That’s when Demers delivered what Milano called, “the best play by a receiver I’ve ever seen.”

Running a slant-and-go, Demers worked a step on Figaro but had the Everett vet leaning out on him.

Demers leaned back in, drew a bead on the Milano lob and slid for the deciding score as the Central sideline erupted.

“For so long, and rightly so, Central Catholic has been known as a basketball school,” said Demers.

In that one moment, Demers and Milano brought football back in the picture.

“So many doors will now be open at Central, because of this win,” said Demers. “That’s how big this win was.”

Demers wasn’t done by the way. With the Everett offense in scramble mode late, he swatted back-to-back passes away from his defensive back spot to lock down the amazing upset.

“It’s one we’ll all be thinking about for a long, long time,” said Demers. “Hopefully, some day I get a chance to tell my kids.”

By all means Cody — someday, go for it — but the Raiders have to remember, there’s still one big one left ... Xaverian at Gillette Stadium on December 7 for the state title.