LOWELL — Central Catholic’s conference game at Cawley Stadium last night proved to be so wild, crazy and often confusing that coach Chuck Adamopoulos wasn’t sure if his team’s 8-point victory was unique or commonplace.
All that was known for sure was his Raiders scored 14 points over the game’s final 9 minutes to pull out a key Merrimack Valley Conference road victory over Lowell.
“A 42-34 game is not my style,” a relieved Adamopoulos said after his Raiders improved to 7-1 overall and 2-0 in conference. “But it was a good win. You knew coming into the season Lowell was one of those teams if you were going to win this league.
A mere 3 minutes later Adamopoulos answered a question with: “We’ve had a few wins like this where we’ve had to come from behind. These kids think they should win games.”
Central, which led by 13 in the first quarter and by seven at half, gave up two long scoring plays in the third quarter and trailed 34-28 entering the final period.
That was when Mike Milano found his inner Tom Brady. On a fourth-and-17 snap, Central’s sophomore quarterback shook off a would-be sack, made a 360-degree spin then found Cody Demers 34-yards down the middle for the winning score.
“Everything was going through my mind,” Milano said. “I knew my line was going to protect me. Right when that guy came in, I made a quick move and my linemen picked him up right after that and I saw Cody Demers wide open, and he’s a miraculous receiver.
Coming of age: Milano, who entered the game with four touchdown passes, enjoyed his biggest game of the season. He threw for the trifecta with touchdown passes of 30 yards to Mike Barry and 25 to Demers in the first quarter. He finished with seven completions and 134 yards on 15 attempts.