Ever since their loss to Xaverian just over a month ago Everett (5-1) has handily beaten their opponents, allowing just 26 points while scoring over 140 in the last four games. To add to their month of dominance the Crimson Tide shut out its second team of the season on Friday night against Somerville (1-5). When Coach DiBiaso and QB Raheem Wingard were asked how they have felt about their performance this season they both had the same, shocking answer: disappointed.
“Honestly, I’m not that satisfied,” said Wingard after the game. “It’s good to get a W on the schedule, but it’s not good enough yet.”
It was a lackluster first quarter for the Tide who was forced to punt on their first offensive drive. Coach DiBiaso told his team before the game to come out strong and was upset with their performance early on.
“You can only get away with that for so long. Once you play against a good team you can’t turn it on and off,” he said after the game.
Everett’s offense fortunately turned it on the second quarter. Wingard kicked things off with a QB sneak, putting Everett on the board first 7-0. Just over two minutes later Isaiah Davis ran the ball into the endzone from the 20 yard line to give Everett it’s second rushing touchdown in less than three minutes and a 14-0 lead over the Highlanders.
Somerville struggled to make anything happen on offense. With time winding down in the half Everett’s offense put together one last series concluding with Wingard taking it up the left side 13 yards for the touchdown. Everett headed into the lockeroom with a 21-0 lead.
Everett started the second half much stronger than how they opened up the game. An impressive opening drive put together by Wingard and Lucas Denis put Everett at 1st and goal three minutes into the half. Powerhouse back, Marquis Holman, trudged through Somerville’s defensive line to give the Tide a 27-0 lead after Matheus Varella missed the extra point attempt.
Even though Somerville tried to put something together once again, Everett’s defense led by Angel Duarte forced yet another Highlander three and out. Lucas Denis received most of the punts on Friday, but he made his second to last one special; running it back over 70 yards for the Tide’s last touchdown of the night. Coach DiBiaso sent the backups in to run out the clock as Everett shut out Somerville 34-0
The last three opponents have been walks in the park compared to their next matchup against Malden. Both teams are undefeated in GBL play and will be playing for the conference title next week. Due to the new playoff format, the GBL will be able to send it’s top two teams to the playoffs. While it is clear that both Everett and Malden will be sent into the playoffs, the two teams will face off for home field advantage Saturday afternoon at 1 PM in Malden.