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September 7, 2013

Central's offense as good as advertised

LAWRENCE — Central Catholic High football had a strong offense on paper heading into the 2013 season. One game into its season, that “paper” wasn’t lying.

Central exploded for four touchdowns on four first half possessions — four different players scoring — to eventually break it open at Lawrence Veterans Stadium last night, defeating Lawrence 39-27.

The Merrimack Valley Conference foes had already traded two touchdowns apiece only a minute into the second quarter — the score was tied at 13-13 — before Central added two more second quarter scores to make it a rout, eventually going ahead 39-13 through three quarters.

Central rushed for 225 yards on 34 carries with senior D’Andre Drummond-Mayrie getting 101 of those yards on 11 carries. Junior quarterback Mike Milano was near-perfect, completing 10 of 11 passes for 104 yards.

“We have some weapons, no doubt,” said Central coach Chuck Adamopoulos. “We have a lot of quality guys, with experience, who can do damage. It starts at quarterback with Milano and it goes to our running backs and receivers. It’s fun to watch.”

Defense? Not so good.

While there were many reasons to laud Central’s offense, including three touchdowns from junior Markus Edmunds (two rushing and one reception) the defense was not even close to being dominant.

Lawrence High got two easy scores in the first 12 minutes of the game, with quarterback Nelson Valerio playing target practice with some wide open receivers.

“We knew coming in that the offense was ahead of the defense,” said Adamopoulos. “It’s a little bit of a concern. We had a few missed assignments where guys were wide open. But it’s early. We definitely have some things to work on.”

Lancer Air Patrol

While Lawrence High’s defense struggled for most of the night, its offense, led by junior quarterback Valerio, who completed 14 of 23 passes for 244 yards and four TDs, can move the ball.

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