Everett football shuts down New Bedford, 23-0
Gulla, McAfee power Tide to victory
By Cary Shuman
The Everett High football team rebounded from its opening night setback with an impressive 23-0 victory over New Bedford Friday night on the Whalers’ home field.
New Bedford had scored seven touchdowns in a 45-20 win (versus Taunton) but Everett linebacker Joe Gulla and Company held the Whalers’ offense to just over 100 yards in total offense while posting the shutout.
Everett quarterback Jordan McAfee had a solid performance, completing 8-of-15 passes for 120 yards, including a 39-yard TD pass to Mike Sainristil on the Tide’s first possession. McAfee also had six rushes for 35 yards.
“Jordan had a very good game,” said head coach John DiBiaso. “The running backs all played well.”
Jackinson Joacine led Everett’s potent rushing attack with eight carries for 106 yards, highlighted by a 25-yard, game-sealing touchdown in the fourth quarter. Jonathan Pharel (9-97), Marvens Fedna (10-47, 5-yard TD run), and Luis Cardona (12-38) took advantage of some excellent blocking by the Crimson Tide’s offensive line.
Senior placekicker Omar Herrera had a 26-yard field goal in the third quarter to extend Everett’s lead to 10-0 in addition to converting two PATS.
DiBiaso credited his team’s defense, noting the stellar contributions of linebackers Joe Gulla and Duane Binns, who were in on several tackles. Lineman Jonathan Collimon also received praise from the coach for his defensive effort.
“We wore them down in the second half,” said DiBiaso. “Our offensive line did a good job and we were able to open up the lead.”
DiBiaso and his coaching staff have turned their attention to a powerful St. John’s Prep team that is 2-0 following wins over Mansfield (42-14) and Central Catholic (22-16). The Tide play at the Prep Sunday in what is expected to be tremendous crowd at the Eagles’ field in Danvers. Last year Everett handed new coach Brian St. Pierre the first loss of his coaching career in the regular season and then ousted the Prep from the playoffs.
“It’s a big game – the Prep is always a big game and we’re looking forward to it,” said DiBiaso. “St. John’s had a 2-0 record and they’re always tough.”
Pop Warner Roundup
The Everett Pop Warner Crimson Tide Pop Warner A team demolished the Dracut Titans 32-0 in their 2015 home opener at Veterans Memorial Stadium this past Sunday.Everett started their scoring with an 18 yard first quarter scamper Jovary Thermidor, who was aided greatly by tremendous run blocking by the offensive line. Ervin Deleon then recovered a blocked punt and returned it 8 yards for a 12-0 lead. This was Deleon”s second defensive score in as many games. Everett topped off the first half scoring with a 46 yard heave from Caleb Suttles to Clarence Jules. The conversion was good on a flip from Suttles to Jordan Roberts for a 19-0 halftime bulge. Jules started the third quarter off with a bang when he rocketed 55 yards on Everett’s first possession of the half to make it 26-0 after King Mondiere caught the conversion pass from Suttles. Suttles wrapped up the scoring for the day with a 20 yard toss to Gacari Lee for the final of 32-0. The A team has outscored their opponents by a score of 58-0 to start the season. Defensively the Tide was led by signal caller Elijah Hawkins, Kiwani Williams and Madjenskey Philippe. On the offensive side Isaac Rochas, Chavannes Pamphile and Louis Dorosario shined. Coach Kidd’s young staff is very proud of the effort the boys have given to start the season an impressive 2-0. They try to make it three in a row when they travel to Reading to take on the Rockets ROLL TIDE !!!!!! – Kevin Kidd
EHS boys soccer
team tops Haverhill
The Everett High boys soccer team claimed its third victory of the season with a 3-1 triumph over Haverhill in a non-league contest Saturday morning at Everett Stadium.
Haitor Ribiero-Desilva scored two goals for the Crimson Tide, the first coming at 15 minutes of the first half that gave Everett a 1-0 lead. Eric Senibaldi earned the assist with a nice pass inside the 18 that Haitor finished perfectly. Ribiero-Desilva’s second goal came with about 30 seconds to play to seal the triumph after Haverhill had moved to within 2-1 on a counter-attack tally with about 10 minutes left in the game.
In between Ribiero-DeSilva’s two tallies, Mateus Pedro reached the back of the Haverhill net in the early part of the second half on a beautiful strike from just inside the 18 to give Everett a 2-0 advantage.
“We controlled the play for most of the game,” said EHS head coach Oswaldo Constanza. “We had a number of good chances and some near-misses which could have added to our margin of victory.” Most notably, Senibaldi hit both the post and the cross-bar for Everett.
Constanza also praised the play of defenders Jonthan Salmeron and Gustavo Medeiros. “Both Jonthan and Gustavo were forwards who moved to the backfield for the benefit of the team this year,” said Constanza. “However, both have provided us with an extra dimension to our attack because they have the capability of moving the ball upfield. They also have great stamina and speed and can run all day, so they can get back on defense after moving into the offensive zone.”
Earlier in the week the Tide came out on the short end of a 2-0 decision to Greater Boston League rival Medford. The Mustangs scored an early goal on what essentially was a long clearing kick that took a strange bounce that eluded the Everett keeper. Medford sealed the win with a marker late in the game.
“Their first goal, coming so early in the game, made us press and rush our passes, taking ourselves out of our game,” said Constanza. “It showed us what we need to work on and what parts of our formation we need to iron out in practice.”
The Crimson Tide are off until this Friday, when they trek to Randolph for a 6:00 game. They play at Malden Monday at 6:00 and then will host Boston Latin under the lights Tuesday evening at the Stadium at 7:00. Constanza and his crew will entertain New Mission next Thursday at 7:00.
EHS volleyball team
blanks Pope John, 3-0
The Everett High girls volleyball grabbed its first win of the season behind a ferocious serving attack, downing cross-town rival Pope John XXIII, 3-0.
Lady Crimson Tide junior setter Nathanny Balbino set the tone early with a run of seven serves (four aces) for an early 7-0 lead, and senior outside hitter Jasmine Harding followed a kill with three aces of her own to push the lead to 15-2.
“We’ve had some tough breaks in our first couple of matches, so we really wanted to come out and get this win,” said EHS head coach Mike Fineran. “Nathanny and Jasmine were hitting the ball hard. The ball got over the net fast and low. Our serves should be a strength for us.”
Junior Nyomi Dottin had a run of six serves to close out the set. “We were playing like we know we’re capable of playing, but we also knew that Pope John would not just lie back and hand us the match,” said Fineran.
And sure enough, the Lady Tigers came out in the second set with more focus and strong serves of their own, turning a 6-3 deficit into an 11-7 lead. Everett trailed 16-10, but a kill by senior middle Sabrina Augustin gave Balbino the serve, and the junior punched the Tide back into the lead, with eight aces in 10 serves.
“We’ve stressed the importance of serving all year, but what Nathanny did was awesome,” said Fineran. “What she did turned the whole set around.” Tied 23-23, Harding served twice for a 25-23 win.
Serving also proved to be the story in the third and decisive set, but this time it was Dottin who set the tone, turning an early 5-7 deficit into a 13-7 advantage, dropping four aces in the mix. Two servers later, junior Jalissa Harding got on a roll of her own, with two aces in seven serves to build a 21-11 lead. Fittingly, Balbino finished the match, serving three times and getting an ace on match point.
“It feels good, obviously, getting this win,” said Fineran. “We’ve got a good group, a ton of talent, and lots of experience. When we play like we can, we can play with anyone.”
The Lady Crimson Tide host Methuen in a non-league match today (Wednesday) before traveling to Malden for a Greater Boston League showdown Monday.