Everett football improves to 4-0 with 35-8 victory over Lawrence
The Everett High School football team maintained its perfect record with a strong 35-8 victory over Lawrence Friday night at Lawrence Veterans Memorial Stadium.
Junior running back Jaden Mahabir scored two touchdowns while sophomore quarterback Duke Doherty threw two TD passes to help the No. 1-ranked Tide raise their record to 4-0.
The Everett defense kept the Lancers’ offense off the scoreboard until late in the fourth quarter.
Mahabir was the Tide’s leading rusher with 14 carries for 65 yards. He scored on a 23-yard run in the second quarter and also caught a 27-yard touchdown pass from Doherty.
Senior Mike Sainristil continued his excellent play, scoring on a 20-yard touchdown run in the first quarter and accounting for close to 100 yards in total offense. Sainristil had six carries for 49 yards and two receptions for 44 yards.
Everett’s special teams also contributed to the victory. Senior Diamani Williams recovered a blocked punt in the end zone in the second quarter. Junior placekicker Abraham Betancourth was successful on all five of his PATs.
Freshman Ismael Zamor emerged in the game as a dual threat on offense. Zamor had a 38-yard TD reception and and 11-yard reception. He also had two carries for 49 yards.
Duke Doherty was 8-of-16 for 129 yards and now has 11 TD passes in four games. Doherty is making the progress in each game that head coach Theluxon Pierre had anticipated, and the 5-foot-10-inch sophomore is emerging as a confident leader of the Tide’s prolific offense that is averaging five touchdowns per game.
There was an interesting all-Crimson coaching matchup in the game. RhandyAudate is the head coach of the Lawrence High football team while his brother, ReynaldiAudate, is the offensive coordinator for the Everett High football team.
Any question that Everett High plays one of the toughest schedules in the state? Everett’s previous opponents Xaverian (3-1), St. John’s Prep (3-1), and Mansfield (3-1) are 9-0 against everyone else.
No. 2-ranked Xaverian had a huge win over John DiBiaso’s Catholic Memorial team, rallying from a 17-0 deficit to defeat the Knights, 25-17.
And now comes a difficult test for Everett against Boston College High School (2-2), who is flying high after a 21-13 win over Brockton. The BC High defense has been outstanding while Jacob Perez (a kickoff return for a TD versus Brockton) will challenge Everett’s special teams. BC High’s new school president, Grace Cotter Regan, is the daughter of James Cotter, the former BC High head football coach. The football field at BC High is named in memory of the legendary coach and alumnus.
EHS boys soccer defeats Salem, 3-2
The Everett High boys soccer team moved past the .500 mark with a 3-2 victory over Salem this past Friday evening under the lights at Everett Stadium.
The Crimson Tide jumped out to a 2-0 in the opening half thanks to goals by sophomore Oscar Romero at 15 minutes and senior Bryan Matal at 25 minutes.
Senior AndydavensElysee assisted on both goals.
Andy himself then reached the back of the Salem net shortly after the intermission at 50 minutes to make it a 3-0 contest. Henrique da Silva provided the assist when he beat his man to create space and then sent a nice pass to Elysee, who finished the opportunity nicely.
Salem scored two goals to narrow the final margin, the first coming at 70 minutes and the second with just 30 seconds to go.
“We made a couple of mental errors and let down a bit, especially on their second goal,” said EHS head coach Oswaldo Constanza, who otherwise praised the play of his defensive corps, led by Christian Rosales.
Constanza and his crew, who now stand at 3-2-3 at exactly the halfway mark of their season, have a busy week ahead. The Crimson Tide were set to host Winthrop yesterday (Tuesday) and will play at Charlestown tomorrow (Thursday). They then will trek to Acton-Foxboro Saturday evening.
EHS volleyball team halfway to tourney
The Everett High girls’ volleyball team is halfway to achieving its goal of reaching the state tourney as the Lady Crimson Tide approach the mid-point of the 2018 campaign.
The Everett girls need five wins in the last four weeks of the season in order to punch their ticket for a Journey to the Tourney.
The Lady Crimson Tide’s record stands at 5-4 overall and 4-3 in the Northeast Conference after dropping two matches last week to first-place Peabody and a strong Revere squad.
“It’s going to take everything we have to give and we need everyone on our team to step up,” said head coach Mike Fineran. “I’ve said all season that nobody is going to hand anything to us, so we have to go out and earn it.”
On the road in Revere last Tuesday, Everett saw firsthand why the Lady Patriots own a 7-1 record in the NEC. Everett senior Camila Morare and junior Bianca May combined for five points in the first set to cut what had been an early Revere lead to 8-7, but the Tide could not handle Revere’s servers, who pushed the lead to 10 before taking the first set, 25-16.
Consecutive missed serves in the opening set squelched any hopes of a comeback. “We have to give Revere all the credit. They chased down every ball, they kept the pressure on our back row defenders, and they served tough,” said Fineran.
Everett kept the second set closer, with senior captain Anna Thomaz serving five points, including an ace, to cut the Revere advantage to 20-17. May had two kills and Morare had four digs, but Revere took set two, 25-20.
In set three, senior outside hitter Kayla Gomes had three kills and a block and senior middle DaiehneyVaz had two kills. Junior setter Saunti Burton added an ace to draw the Lady Patriots within striking range,16-14, but that would be as close as Everett would come, as Revere’s servers again proved too much to handle, and Revere completed the sweep, 25-15.
Two days later on their home court, Everett would face an undefeated Peabody squad, who dominated the first set despite three kills from senior JanekaVilmont and three aces and a kill from May. Thomaz, playing libero for the first time, had four digs in the first set, but Peabody closed it out, 25-14.
The second set was a different story, as Everett’s attacking game gained momentum. Gomes and Vaz had two kills each, May had three, and Burton and Vilmont earned kills as well. The Tide defense came up with 12 digs in the set, and the servers dropped in six aces as Everett played even or with the lead most of the set.
Everett earned the serve with the score tied at 23-23, but Peabody got the side out and then held serve to close the set. The Lady Tanners then took the third set, 25-13.
“Peabody is an elite team. They used to dominate the GBL 12-15 years ago, and they’re still at it. They’re well coached and they don’t beat themselves. Our girls responded after the disappointing first set. We didn’t win the next set, but we were right there with them,” said Fineran. “If we play like that for the rest of the season, we will be playing in November.”
Finer and his crew were set to play at Lynn Classical yesterday (Tuesday) and will host Lynn English tomorrow (Thursday). They will host Lawrence on the holiday and trek to Marblehead next Thursday.