Everett steamroller flattens Cambridge
EVERETT - Everett ended its regular season on a high note yesterday, defeating winless Cambridge Rindge & Latin, 35-7, at Veterans Memorial Stadium, paving the way for its ninth consecutive playoff berth.
Everett will play Billerica Tuesday in the EMass Division 1 semifinals.
“You never want to go into the playoffs with a loss,’’ said Everett coach John DiBiaso. “I’m very happy for the seniors. It’s nice for them to get this win in their final home game.’’
Everett (7-2) needed only a minute to score, its way of showing thanks to the fans who showed up to say farewell to the seniors. Senior halfback Jean Bourdeau rumbled down the middle for an 11-yard touchdown on that opening drive.
The Falcons responded by going three-and-out on their opening possession, a theme throughout the game. Cambridge (0-11) was 0 for 4 on its first-half possessions, coming up with just one first down in the half, and only three the entire game.
Everett scored touchdowns on each of its next three drives, building a 28-0 first-half lead.
The Crimson Tide went up, 14-0, on a 24-yard pass from Jonathan DiBiaso to Vondell Langston, a score set up by Manuel Asprilla’s 40-yard dash two plays earlier.
Asprilla got his chance to capitalize after a Falcons punt, going up and over the defensive line for a 1-yard touchdown just one minute into the second quarter, making it 21-0.
After Cambridge’s third consecutive punt, Bourdeau struck again for his second touchdown pass of the day, this time going to Matt Costello for a 66-yard score and a 28-point lead.
The pace of the game slowed considerably in the third quarter. There were only two drives, one by each team, with neither scoring.
The fourth quarter began the way the first did, with an Everett touchdown in the first minute. The Crimson Tide coaching staff went all Belichick, lining up senior linebacker Andrew Bowman at fullback to pound in a 1-yard touchdown.
The game’s final score - and the only bright spot for Cambridge - came when running back Camilio Calderon stampeded 45 yards for his final touchdown as a Falcon. Calderon had more than 100 yards rushing on the day.
DiBiaso said Everett is already being considered a three-touchdown underdog against 11-0 Billerica Tuesday.
“I have no issues being the underdog though,’’ said DiBiaso. “Last time I checked, no team ever won off a prediction.
“I’m just really proud of the seniors. It was their last time playing on this field and we won the [Greater Boston League] title for them to enjoy.’’