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November 17, 2013

Sports in a Minute


The Eagle-Tribune

---- — TITLE HYSTERIA: THE DAY AFTER

A day after and the euphoria is yet to subside as the folks around Central Catholic celebrate what might be the biggest football win in school history, rebounding from a deficit twice to beat 3-time defending champion Everett, 20-15.

Some leftover tidbits from Saturday’s stunner:

Nothing but high marks for Everett: There’s winning, and there is winning with class. Let met tell you, John DiBiaso runs a classy program in Everett. The kids swagger, for sure, like a three-time champion should.

But everything I’ve seen associated with Everett football in my eyes, is first class.

“The event, the whole thing, was something special. I thought it was like going back in time,” said Central coach Chuck Adamopoulos. “It was an awesome atmosphere, the stadium, the championship years painted on the wall, the senior murals, their crowd itself. And their band was phenomenal. Their kids were into the game. It was terrific.”

How big is big: Was it the greatest football win in Central Catholic’s recent history? “To me, it’s right there at least with the 1989 Thanksgiving Day game with Andover,” said Adamopoulos.

Hidden gem: The Raider coaching staff watched the film on Sunday and came to one major conclusion. They don’t win on Saturday without two-way lineman Bob Kfoury. The guard-defensive lineman was all over the place inside.

Upon further review: The film review also confirmed what Adamopoulos had noted on Saturday. Markus Edmunds was a monster. “Definitely the best defensive player on the field,” Adamopoulos said of his junior stud.

Teflon kid: It was almost like Mike Milano had a force field around him when he sprinted off tackle for 60 yards and a third-quarter touchdown. I’m still waiting for any one of three Everett defenders to catch up and take him down. It just didn’t happen.

“He’s so much faster this year than last year,” said Adamopoulos. “He switched to indoor and outdoor track last year, and he’s just that much faster.”

Interesting note here. What if Milano had stayed home and gone to Tewksbury High? Remember, the Redmen have a pretty good one in Johnny Aylward, the son of head coach Brian Aylward. Thankfully, it seems to have worked out for both as Milano just won the Division 1 North title and the Aylwards locked down Division 3 Northeast, too.

And finally: Adamopoulos isn’t sure if he’ll talk to neighbor and good friend Jim O’Leary of St. John’s Prep when it comes to Xaverian, the Raiders opponent in the state Division 1 finals on December 7. The Raiders have been scrimmaging the X-men for about 10 years now themselves.

RIVALS SHOWDOWN A NOAH KNOCKOUT

It was a Mass. Rivals AAU basketball reunion of sorts yesterday as No. 23 Indiana took on Stony Brook.

The day belonged to Ex-Rival Noah Vonleh of Haverhill, who recorded his fourth straight double-double in as many games. Vonleh had 18 points and 15 rebounds as the Hoosiers rolled, 90-74. Another ex-Rival, Scott King of Derry, had three points and three rebounds for Stony Brook.

LOOK OUT FOR BIG GEORGE

Giant killer Georges Niang and Iowa State dropped their upset news on the NCAA hoop scene last March in the tourney.

The Cyclones wasted no time this year as they KO’d No. 7 Michigan, 77-70, yesterday.

Methuen’s Niang tossed in 10 points on 4 of 8 shooting, adding six rebounds in the shocker.

DON’T FORGET: MONDAY NIGHT SHOWDOWN

My culinary call for the night for Patriots fans is Chinese food. Not sure why, but I like the idea of fried rice and lobster sauce to go with Tom Brady vs. Cam Newton tonight in Carolina.

Remember, it’s Patriots (7-2) vs. Panthers (6-3) at 8:30 p.m. tonight on either ESPN or Channel 5 here in Boston.