Redmen Push Central Catholic To The Brink, Fall 27-21 (PHOTOS)
Oct 11, 2015 10:09AM ● Published by Bill Gilman
Photo by Jim Cunningham
Gallery: Central Catholic tops Tewksbury, 27-21. [14 Images] Click any image to expand.
The loss was the first of the season for the Redmen (4-1) and put Central Catholic (4-1) in the drivers seat in the MVC Large School Division.
Trailing 14-7 late in the first half, Tewksbury was the victim of a controversial non-call. Troy Carey (12 carries, 70 yards) took a handoff and scampered around the end before being taken down. As Carey hit the ground, the ball squirted free. Twenty-one players on the field and about 2,000 fans through the play was dead. The only ones who didn't were the referees (who had not blown the whistle) and CC linebacker Pat Schena, who alertly scooped up the ball and ran it 24 yards into the end zone for a touchdown to give the Raiders a 21-7 lead at intermission.
But Tewksbury wasn't dead. The Redmen came roaring back in the third quarter with a pair of touchdown passes from quarterback Brett Morris (10-for-22, 121 yards) to Adam Gajjaoui (8 receptions, 132 yards, 3 TD). The first was from 40 yards out and the second from 14 yards, set up by a terrific punt return by Carey and a penalty on the Central Catholic bench.
After Edwards' touchdown run gave the Raiders the lead in the fourth, Carey returned the ensuing kickoff all the way to the CC 30-yard line. But Tewksbury was unable to pick up a first down, turning the ball over on downs.
A Robert Fitzgerald 24-yard touchdown run put Central Catholic on top, 7-0, in the first quarter. Tewksbury answered back, using a bit of trickery. On third and short, Carey took a pitch from Morris and appeared to be headed for a sweep, but he stopped, and fired the ball downfield to Gajjaoui, who hauled in the touchdown pass to tied the game.
Another touchdown run by Fitzgerald by the Raiders on top in the second quarter,