Everett bursts out of the gate
LEOMINSTER — Ever since they ended last season with a one-sided loss to Xaverian in the Super Bowl, the Everett Crimson Tide have been chomping at the bit to return to action and make things right.
Last night was just what they were waiting for.
Behind a stellar passing performance by junior quarterback Jonathan DiBiaso, the Crimson Tide outscored Leominster, 42-23, at Doyle Field.
DiBiaso completed 14 of 27 passes for 290 yards and five touchdowns. Given ample time to throw, DiBiaso connected with senior receiver Matt Costello for three scores and running back Manny Asprilla for the other two.
“We could’ve played better defensively, but you always need to work on things,’’ Everett coach John DiBiaso said. “I knew we were going to be better than last year offensively because it was a transition last year when we had a double wing. We had a lot of kids coming back with experience, so tonight, overall, I’m happy.’’
The Crimson Tide did little on their first two possessions, allowing the Blue Devils to strike first. Quarterback Kyle Ford ran a naked bootleg 22 yards for the score with just over three minutes left in the initial quarter.
But Everett stormed right back on the ensuing possession, thanks to DiBiaso’s 72-yard strike to Asprilla to knot the game just one minute later.
That score seemed to be a wake-up call for the Crimson Tide. DiBiaso connected with Costello for a 5-yard scoring pass and Asprilla for a 29-yarder on the next two possessions for a 21-7 lead.
But Leominster would not go quietly. Kyle Sanders bolted 74 yards down the sideline for a score with four minutes remaining to cut the deficit to 21-13.
But Everett’s offensive prowess would not be denied. The Crimson Tide stormed right back with Costello being the recipient of a 22-yard TD pass from DiBiaso with under two minutes showing to up the lead to 28-13.
The Blue Devils were able to respond in the closing seconds on a Leonardo Trento 27-yard field goal.
Everett wasn’t about to allow momentum to shift to the other sideline. Vondell Langston capped off an eight-play drive with a 2-yard scoring run midway through the third to put the Crimson Tide ahead 19. They would tack on 7 more early in the fourth when DiBiaso found Costello open in the left corner of the end zone.
“I thought our kids played great and we never quit,’’ Leominster coach John Dubzinski said. “We had some breakdowns in the second quarter which they converted.’’