METHUEN — It appears they have to change the moniker for Central Catholic quarterback Michael Milano.
“Quarterback of the future” isn’t going to cut it any more.
Last night at Nicholson Stadium, he showed he has arrived in Central’s convincing 35-14 win over Methuen High.
While Central’s running attack had all guns blazing last night — senior Santino Brancato had 13 rushes, 112 yards and one TD while junior D’Andre Drummond-Mayire had seven rushes for 93 yards and one TD — it was Milano who stole the show.
He not only rushed for 103 yards on just six carries, including a 49-yarder on Central’s first play from scrimmage and another 37-yarder for a third-quarter TD, but he completed six of 12 passes for 101 yards and two more scores.
“I’m starting to feel comfortable running the team,” said Milano, of Tewksbury. “A lot of it has to do with my teammates. They have given me their trust. That means a lot. Now I just try to make plays.”
Drummond-Mayire says that Milano’s recent play changes everything.
“We knew he had the talent,” said Drummond-Mayire. “He was called up last year as a freshman for a reason. We just have more options when he’s playing like this. It’s fun to watch our offense with Mike running it.”
Central coach Chuck Adamopoulos said Milano has been progressing every week.
“He took his lumps against St. John’s,” said Adamopoulos. “But he’s learning the position, being a leader, and looking more confident. Michael gives us a lot of balance that we’ve been hoping for.”
Fast start for Methuen, but ...: For five minutes last night, Methuen looked like they belonged with Merrimack Valley Conference power Central. On the game’s first drive, they calmly moved the ball to the Central 15-yard line with a fine mix of running and passing.