FOXBORO — Mike Milano thought back to the days as a youngster, sitting in front of the TV and watching the Patriots make history at Gillette Stadium.
He thought of the blazing hot August practices that seemed as if they would never end, and of the thrilling victories and the devastating losses he and his teammates had experienced.
The dreams he dreamt those days, the greatest of aspirations he and his Central Catholic family hoped to one day achieve, all became a reality yesterday.
“Every dream you had as a kid (is) of playing and winning at Gillette Stadium,” said the overjoyed Milano. “The dreams we had all year and for the last three years, through the hardest times. They all came true.”
Central Catholic made Gillette Stadium its home last night, surging to the MIAA Division 1 Super Bowl title with a convincing 34-17 victory over South Champion Xaverian.
“I honestly couldn’t wish for anything else,” said co-captain D’Andre Drummond-Mayrie. “I was talking with some people about how winning this would be the greatest Christmas present ever. I would give up all my presents for this, to be the first true Massachusetts Division 1 champion. Just amazing.”
The victory marks the first Super Bowl crown for Central Catholic since winning back-to-back crowns in 1997-98.
“This is a dream place,” said linebacker Markus Edmunds. “This is where all my favorite players play, and today we accomplished our dream. And I don’t even know if it’s sunk in yet. I think I will wake up in the morning and think, ‘Wow, we are the best team in Division 1.’”
The Raiders wasted no time making a statement. On their first drive of the game, Milano connected with Cam Manning on an 18-yard touchdown in which the tight end leapt into the air to grab the ball and landed in the end zone.