Everett, DiBiaso (4 TDs) finish with flair
EVERETT - In what was the de facto championship game in the Greater Boston League, top-ranked Everett showed it still reigns with a 48-8 drubbing of Cambridge yesterday. The game was also the final Thanksgiving Day matchup between the schools.
Crimson Tide senior quarterback Jonathan DiBiaso was 7 of 19 for 154 yards and four touchdowns, including the 100th of his career - a 51-yard strike to senior wideout Jaylen McRae in the second quarter.
His father, Everett coach John DiBiaso, was sad to see him play his final home game.
“I have mixed emotions,’’ Coach DiBiaso said. “He grew up on this field with me. The two of us have been here for 17 years now.
“I’m happy for him and very proud of him. But on the other side I’m sad because it’s his last game here.’’
The Tide (10-0, 4-0) got rolling on their second possession, when DiBiaso found senior Vondell Langston for a 16-yard touchdown pass.
Later in the second quarter, DiBiaso fired a 30-yard scoring pass to Kenny Calaj, giving the Tide a 14-0 lead. Langston added a 5-yard touchdown run before DiBiaso threw his 100th career touchdown pass.
Junior Gilly DeSouza, Everett’s standout kicker, got into the touchdown act in the second quarter by intercepting a David Maaghul pass and returning it 70 yards. After DiBiaso’s fourth TD throw (11 yards to junior Jalen Felix), Jakarrie Washington scored on a 72-yard interception return to put the Tide ahead, 48-0, at the half.
Cambridge (2-8, 2-2) finally got on the board late in the fourth quarter on Maaghul’s 10-yard pass to Elijah Scott.
In the second half, Everett was able to rest its starters in preparation for its playoff matchup with Lynn English Tuesday.
“Thankfully we took care of it very early,’’ Coach DiBiaso said. “We had the starters out at halftime so we can go into the playoffs and concentrate.’’
This will be the first year Everett will compete in the Division 1A playoffs instead of Division 1.
“The way I look at it, we beat the three teams from the Catholic Conference, who are the best. So, if we win 1A, we’re the champions of 1 and 1A,’’ said Coach DiBiaso.
The eight-time Super Bowl champion coach said his team isn’t satisfied with regular-season accolades.
“We’re happy for [the undefeated season]. But the regular season and the GBL title are secondary to our ultimate goal, and that’s to win the Super Bowl,’’ he said.