The Everett High football team looked impressive in its first game of the season, beating Lynn English, 42-12, Friday night at Everett Memorial Stadium.
The Crimson Tide trailed 6-0 in the first quarter but scored 36 unanswered points to make sure that new head coach Rob DiLoreto’s first game would be a winning one.
Samy Lamothe, making his first start as Everett’s quarterback, displayed excellent leadership at the helm of the Tide’s offense and had a rushing touchdown. Lamothe, who is heading to Princeton University, also showed his defensive skills with a 26-yard return of an interception for a touchdown, known as a “Pick Six.”
“Samy just had an overall strong game,” said DiLoreto.
Jayden Clerveaux was impressive out of the backfield, scoring three touchdowns on runs of 2, 4, and 5 yards behind the Tide’s powerful offensive line.
“JC ran the football real hard. As the game progressed, he became more and more of a force for our ground attack,” credited DiLoreto.
Ish Zamor, a dynamic player who has committed to Boston College, had a 14-yard run for a touchdown in the first game of his junior season. Coastal Carolina University-commit Josaiah Stewart also excelled on both sides of the ball.
“I thought Ish and Josaiah showed tremendous leadership on offense and defense,” said DiLoreto.
Tyrese Baptiste rushed for a pair of 2-point conversions. Placekicker Kevin Ruiz had two PATs.
Everett (1-0) will have a bye this week in advance of what could be a May 7 showdown for the GBL title with Revere (1-0), who defeated Lynn Classical, 18-0, in its season opener. Revere hosts Lynn English Friday night.
DiLoreto was pleased with his team’s united effort against a tough English team, who is a brand- new member of the Greater Boston League.
“Lynn English came out fired up, played hard, took the lead quickly and had a very good plan,” said DiLoreto. “I think the key to our success in the game was ‘trust’. The players trusted in themselves and each other and they found away to overcome some early turnovers and adversity. And as the game progressed, we played better and better.”
The new coach was happy to get a ‘W’ in his first game as the leader of the state’s premier football program.
“I felt so proud of the players and so happy for the community and also on a personal note, it was a very memorable evening,” said DiLoreto.