The Everett Eagles Pop Warner ‘A’ team concluded its inaugural Patriot Division season with the Eastern Massachusetts championship. The Patriot Division is a no-weight limit division of Pop Warner for 12, 13, and 14-year-old football players.
After finishing the regular season with a 7-1 record, it was on to the playoffs. Taking the field in their new Everett Crimson Tide uniforms, the Eagles dominated Waltham for a 44-6 victory. Halfback Renzo Marins was the star of the game scoring three times and rushing for more than 200 yards.
Of course, a running back is nothing without an offensive line doing the dirty work and the Eagles’ offensive line of Mike Smith, Abdias Tumpson, David Andrade, Ricky Tavares, Cam Garrity, Phil Calvairre, and Godson Tumpson owned the line of scrimmage all game.
The Eagles traveled to Billerica to play the undefeated Billerica Indians in Round 2 of the playoffs. The Eagles started slowly in this contest and Billerica capitalized on a pass coverage breakdown to score first. The lead was short lived, however, as the Eagles scored on the ensuing possession to take the lead for good as Bruno Machado took it in on the option for the score.
From here, it was all Everett as Tyler Jordan, who was a beast pounding the heart of the Billerica defense, Renzo Marins, Ronaldo Jean, and Omar Herrera took turns ripping off chunks of yardage. Everett’s defense got tougher and stronger as the game wore on as Eddie Owour, Oscar Tejeda, Jim Martignetti, Phil Calvairre, John Uga, Leo Zumpano, Thiago DaSilva, and Matt Silva shut out Billerica the rest of the way.
Round 3 of the playoffs pitted Everett against the Reading Rockets. Reading’s strength was the passing game and the Eagles let up two passing touchdowns in the first half to trail 14-12 at halftime, but the Eagles exploded for 45 points in the second half, including Renzo Marins’ 97-yard touchdown run that broke the game open for Everett.
Next up was undefeated Lexington for the Eastern Massachusetts championship. Lexington ran a shotgun spread offense, throwing 90 per cent of the time. Everett jumped out to a 14-0 lead but Lexington answered with two scores. The two teams then took turns scoring until late in the game when cornerback Johnny Uga ended a Lexington drive with an interception. The final score: Everett Eagles 30, Lexington 22.