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These gunners go arm in arm

DiBiaso and Crook set for aerial attack

By Ryan Mooney
Globe Correspondent / September 30, 2011

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In what figures to be the marquee quarterback matchup of the weekend, Jonathan DiBiaso leads top-ranked Everett (3-0) against D.J. Crook and Barnstable (2-1) tomorrow at Barnstable.

Crook (72 touchdown passes) and DiBiaso (70) are on pace to break the state career touchdown record of 85 set by Brockton’s Tom Colombo from 1983-87.

Everett easily defeated Barnstable, 43-14, in Week 4 last season on the strength of DiBiaso’s arm. He was 18 of 24 passing for 270 yards and five touchdowns. Crook threw two touchdown passes in the loss. Barnstable coach Chris Whidden hopes tomorrow’s game is not a shootout.

“I hope that we can slow them down and I’m sure they hope the same thing [against us],’’ Whidden said yesterday.

With eight returning starters on defense, Whidden is cautiously optimistic he has the tools to slow Everett’s passing attack. He is also aware the Crimson Tide can shred even the best defenses in the state.

“DiBiaso recognizes defenses and puts his receivers in [good] situations,’’ Whidden said. “He also recognizes matchups. He knows he’s got some pretty good receivers, he recognizes if he’s got a [good] matchup, and he throws the deep ball very well.

“And I think a lot of the same things about D.J. He throws the deep ball very well and he’s matured. He can recognize the difference between a Cover-3 and a Cover-1 or a Cover-2 and put our receivers in spots they’re going to be open.’’

DiBiaso set the season touchdown record with 43 last year, and Crook had 33. Through three games this season, DiBiaso is tied for the lead in Eastern Mass. with 11 touchdowns. Crook has seven.

After a loss to Dennis-Yarmouth in Week 2, and a tough win over Sandwich last Friday, breaking records are not Crook’s priorities.

“All I care about right now is winning games,’’ Crook said. “If I throw one touchdown or if I throw 10 in a game I don’t really care, as long as we win.

“It’d be a pretty cool experience to go for the record, but it’s not really on my mind right now.’’

But Crook and DiBiaso are

chasing history.

“The best part about D.J. and DiBiaso is that it gets people interested,’’ Whidden said. “And then hopefully they can realize that there’s not just a good quarterback out here, but a good football team, too.’’

St. Peter’s Prep makes the 230-mile trek from Jersey City, N.J., to face No. 4 BC High in Dorchester tomorrow afternoon. The Eagles (2-1) suffered their only loss to a New Jersey school, DePaul Catholic, 49-35, in Week 2. St. Peter’s Prep (1-2) earned its first win last weekend without the help of senior quarterback Brandon Napoleon, who sat out with a concussion.

After a surprising 8-0 loss to Stoughton last week, No. 7 Mansfield (2-1) is back in action tonight against No. 17 King Philip (3-0) in Wrentham. The undefeated Warriors broke into the Top 20 this week for the first time.

Only two other Top 20 games take place this weekend: No. 11 Dracut (2-1) hosts No. 19 Billerica (2-1), and No. 13 Bridgewater-Raynham (2-1) hosts No. 16 New Bedford (2-1) tonight. No. 5 Weymouth visits Needham in a key Bay State Conference battle tomorrow.

In Western Mass., Putnam visits Westfield tonight. Last weekend, Putnam’s Melquawn Pinkney ran for 421 yards in a 66-0 victory over Agawam. It was the second highest rushing total in state history. Lynn English’s Brandon Guy rushed for 425 yards in a 38-23 victory over Swampscott in 2001.

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