By Cary Shuman
Everett High School senior offensive lineman Michael Smith received the John “Jack” Duggan Sportsmanship Award in recognition of his outstanding performance in the Homecoming Game Saturday at Everett Memorial Stadium.
Smith was an integral part of a superb effort by the offensive line in the Crimson Tide’s 35-14 victory over St. John’s Prep.
“It feels incredible to receive this award,” said Smith after accepting the large trophy from head coach John DiBiaso.
Smith, a 6-feet-1-inch, 315-pound senior, directed praise to line coach Mike Milo and his linemates including Bobby Lopes, Richardson Maitre, Helber Fagundes, and David Pierre.
“Everyone played great today,” said Smith.
A starter on the offensive line for two seasons, Smith came up through the ranks of the Everett Pop Warner organization. “I played Pop Warner football all my life. We went to Florida in 2012 and won the national championship in the Patriot Division. I’ve been playing football with [quarterback] Jordan McAfee for a long time.”
Smith has been receiving support in the stands from his parents, Richard Smith and Denise Smith, sister, Amanda Smith, and first cousin Dana Brangiforte, who stood proudly next to Michael during the trophy presentation ceremony.
Smith said he’s learned a lot from the Everett High football coaches and feels honored to be a player in the state’s winningest football program.
“Coach [John] DiBiaso is a wonderful coach and I appreciate everything he does for us,” said Smith. “He loves this program. He’s a very good leader and mentor.”
Smith and the Tide will be tested again Friday night when play undefeated Billerica.
“They are an excellent team,” said Smith. “It should be a great game.”