The Everett Eagles got their season rolling on Sept. 11 and never looked back. With wins over Peabody 31-0, West Lynn 27-0, Malden 27-0, South End 31-0, and East Lynn 12-0. During these games we had multiple touchdowns by Jake Wilcox (passing and running), Jaden Dottin, Brian Cuilla, Shea Willcox, Harry Mason, Darius Arrington and Khari Johnson. The only bump in the road was in the East Lynn game when we lost our leader and QB for the season Jake Willcox to a broken arm. I remember when we got out to him on the field the only thing he wanted to know was when he could play again. Jake in my mind is one of the best QB’s in the “D” division in all of New England and was sorely missed. Jake continued to come down to practice and games routing on his team and becoming a coach for his fellow teammates, this is the true definition of a Leader. Filling in at QB Jaden Dottin and Brian Cuilla did an exceptional job and continued the Eagles winning ways with wins over Mattapan 35-6 and Triton 14-0 to clinch the North Shore Division. But, the injury bug hit us again, Jaden Dottin broke a bone in his thumb, so we turned to our fourth QB of the season Gabe DeSouza to lead us to the play-offs!
The Everett Eagles D-team started their quest for the title on Sunday November 6th. The Malden Cyclones were up first and they were ready to play. The huge turning point of this game was when the Malden Cyclones drove down to the Eagles 1 yard line before the end of the second quarter and the Eagles defense as they have done all year refused them a touchdown in four plays. It was a 0-0 game at half time due to some great defensive plays by Declan Smith, Keith Barrasso, Giovanni Raduazzo, Christian Rossi, Cam Williams, Jonathan Fitzgerald, Jaden Dottin, Brian Cuilla, Darius Arrington, and Harry Mason. The Eagles kicked their game into gear in the second half and wore down the Cyclones. The Gold offense lead by our new QB Gabe DeSouza had two huge drives thanks to the best o-line around and drove down the field for two touchdowns by Khari Johnson. This was one of the toughest games all season, but the Eagles came out on top 12-0.
Then came the East Lynn Bulldogs, the Eagles already beat them this year 12-0 in the regular season, but this was a different team. The Eagles didn’t wait around in this game to put points on the board, after a nice drive down the field, Khari Johnson punched it in from 8yards for a touchdown. Our cool as ice kicker Gabe DeSouza buried the P.A.T. to put the Eagles up 8-0. The Bulldogs kept fighting with a great game plan against the Eagles high powered offense, but once again the maroon and Gold offense put together another nice drive topped off with a QB sneak from the 2 yard line for a touchdown by our QB/Kicker Gabe DeSouza and once again Gabe “the kicker” DeSouza nailed the P.A.T. to put the Eagles up 16-0 early in the third quarter. After the kick-off Everett sustained a few penalties and East Lynn had the ball inside the ten-yard line. The Bulldogs punched it in from 4 yards out, but missed the P.A.T. The Bulldogs tried a on-side kicked but was unsuccessful, the Gold offense then put the game away with a nice drive that left no time on the clock, final 16-6. Up next the Eastern Mass finals.
This game was delayed a day and the Everett Eagles traveled up to Billerica on a cold and rainy Thursday night to square off against an undefeated Acton-Boxboro squad for the Eastern Mass Championship. AB opened up with a successful on-side kick, but the Eagles stout defense didn’t give up a yard and AB had to punt the ball back to the Eagles. The white offense started this game and got some great blocking by DJ, Warren, Kevin Barrasso, Jason Louis, Tyler Kumar, Bernard Platel , Mario Sheard, Justin Lemkin, and the Altenor brothers. It went back and forth for awhile and the Eagles struck first with a huge run by Peterson Monexant down inside the ten yard line of AB, after a couple of plays Gabe DeSouza went over the top for a 1yard touchdown , but the P.A.T. was blocked and the Eagles went up 6-0 at the half. The AB offense continued to get stuffed by the Eagles steel curtain defense during the third quarter. After a punt by AB, the maroon offense took the field and the offensive line of Ben Cvitkusic, Tyrone Germain, Brian “Nachos” Menacho, DJ Warren, Adrian, Mercardo, Liam McKinnon, Mike Sullivan, and Jeffry Profilee plowed the way for the running backs. After a huge pass play to Lewis Cine from Gabe DeSouza, the Eagles offense found themselves inside the five yard line. The next played proved to be the game winning score with a 4 yard scamper by Shea Willcox for a touchdown, but once again the Eagles P.A.T. was missed and the score was 12-0 at the end of the third quarter. The Eagles were one quarter away for the Championship, but the AB team had other plans. AB had the ball on the Eagles 30 yard line and ran a nice sweep to the left and scored their first touchdown and extra point of the game to make the score 12-7 with 6 minutes to play. After a few penalties, Everett was looking at a third and 12 at midfield with a little over 2 minutes to play. Gabe DeSouza threw a nice bubble screen to Khari Johnson and he soared for 25 yards and the first down that ended the game. The final score 12-7 EVERETT EAGLES….EASTERN MASS CHAMPS!
The Eagles season came to an end last Sunday in the first round of the New England Championship, The Eagles faced a very fast and strong Worcester Viking team and lost 26-0. The coaches couldn’t be more proud of our boys who started practicing August 1st and got better every week. The coaches would like to thank board of directors and our parents for all their support through the year and also a big THANK You to our team Mom Kathy Tarlowski. These boys will be back here next year!