Junior Blades Shields then turned in a huge play soon after, blocking a punt to set up Drummond-Mayrie’s first touchdown of the day to make it 13-0.
“When we blocked that punt, it was huge,” said co-captain Cody Demers. “That was a great play by Blades, then when D’Andre broke that touchdown it was a huge boost.”
Central picked up another key special teams play soon after, when a Xaverian player touched a punt, making it a live ball, and Gavin Anderson tore the ball out of his hands to give the Raiders the ball back. Drummond-Mayrie then added another score to make it 20-10 at halftime.
Drummond-Mayrie then punched in his third score, and Central was leading 27-10 after three.
“After the third score, when that put us up by three scores, I really started to feel like we could do it,” said Drummond-Mayrie. “But Xaverian is a tough team and they made it a game.”
A turnover and Xaverian touchdown early in the fourth cut the lead to just 27-17.
But the dynamic Demers gave his tremendous season an exclamation point to clinch the victory.
“I ran a wheel route,” said Demers, who also played a terrific game on defense. “Their defensive back (A.J. King) gave me a good jam off the line. He had great coverage and got a hand on the ball.”
Demers broke behind King and Milano threw him a spot-on pass, but the defensive back managed to reach in for a deflection. The football then bounced off Demers’ facemask, and the star receiver was somehow able to maintain his composure and secure it in his hands for a touchdown.
“That was crazy,” said Drummond-Mayrie. “Cody made that amazing touchdown, and we looked up at the clock and we knew it was over.”