Everett bowls over Bulldogs
LYNN - It took just three plays for Everett to get into the end zone in its Division 1A playoff game against Lynn English last night at the Manning Bowl.
It never got much harder after that as the Crimson Tide rolled to a 46-0 win.
Quarterback Jonathan DiBiaso got things started on that opening drive, completing a 63-yard bomb to Jakarrie Washington. The 50-second drive ended with Kenny Calaj’s 12-yard run.
Less than 10 seconds later, Everett (12-0) took over at the English 10 after John Batista fumbled Gilly DeSouza’s kickoff. The Bulldogs sacked DiBiaso on first down and almost forced a three-and-out but an offside call gave Everett another chance on third down. DiBiaso threw a 10-yard pass to Jaylen Felix to go up, 13-0, only three minutes into the game.
“They were just running downhill from there,’’ said Lynn English coach Peter Holey. “They are what they are and that’s what we want to be. I’m proud of our seniors, I’m happy for them. They took us to places we haven’t been and that’s the reason we are here.’’
Malcolm Brown-Simpson started under center for the Bulldogs, who lost star quarterback Jermaine Kelly to a leg injury against Lynn Classical on Thanksgiving. Brown-Simpson was sacked on his first snap. Two plays later, Luben Figaro intercepted a pass down the middle to give Everett the ball at the Bulldogs 48.
With two minutes remaining in the quarter, Vondell Langston went 3 yards up the middle for Everett’s third touchdown. Calaj punched in the 2-point conversion that extended the lead to 21-0.
But Lynn English (9-3) fought back on defense at the start of the second quarter. Corey Moreau, Chris Tinkham, and Jevon Brown-Simpson delivered consecutive sacks of DiBiaso and forced Everett to punt for the first time.
The Bulldogs converted two first downs before Everett jumped on a fumble by P.J. Dorsey on the Bulldogs 26. Langston wasted no time taking advantage, taking a screen pass from DiBiaso untouched into the end zone.
“I thought we adjusted well to their pressure,’’ said Everett coach John DiBiaso. “They were rushing seven, they came after us. We adjusted, then we threw a screen the very next play, and it went all the way for a touchdown.”
Between penalties and turnovers, nothing was going right for Lynn English. Down 28-0, the Bulldogs attempted a fake punt. Chris Lassard completed the pass to Batista, but he coughed up the ball after a hard hit and Everett recovered.
DiBiaso delivered a 27-yard scoring strike to Washington. He followed that with a 57-yard pass to Jaylen McRae that put the Crimson Tide at the 2. Mike White punched it in to go up, 40-0, with just seconds left in the half.
“We’re sitting at 12-0, favorites in the Super Bowl but we can’t take anything for granted,’’ said John DiBiaso. “We’re going to be prepared just like we were this game and we’ll be hitting on all cylinders come Saturday.’’
The Crimson Tide hopes to take down Lincoln-Sudbury for their second straight Super Bowl title.