Everett football rolls to 33-0 win over Medford
The Everett High School football team kept its momentum in high gear, rolling to a 33-0 victory over Medford Friday night at Everett Memorial Stadium.
Everett (6-0), ranked No. 1 in the state, scored 27 points in the first quarter on its way to the program’s 25th consecutive victory.
Sophomore quarterback Duke Doherty threw two touchdown passes while Chonlee Cine returned an interception 73 yards for a touchdown in the game against the Tide’s former Greater Boston League opponent.
Junior running back Jaden Mahabir opened the scoring with a 1-yard touchdown, followed by a Kameron Williams rush for a two-point conversion and an 8-0 lead.
On Everett’s ensuing possessions, Doherty connected on TD passes to senior Mike Sainristil (13 yards) and Tyrese Baptiste (42 yards) to build the lead to 20-0.
Cine’s 73-yard interception return, followed by Brandon Gibbs’ PAT made it 27-0. Clarence Jules’ 4-yad run for a touchdown completed Everett’s scoring.
Duke Doherty was 5-of-6 for 97 yards and two touchdowns in the first half. The 5-10-inch sophomore has surpassed the 1,000-yard mark for the season. Doherty is also leading Division 1 in TD passes with 16. Mike Sainristil leads Division 1 with 7 touchdown receptions. He has scored 56 points overall.
Everett has now defeated Medford in 27 straight meetings. Everett leads the series 71-42-5. The teams began their series in 1893.
Theluxon Pierre couldn’t have asked for a better start to his head coaching career. The Tide have been playing excellent football on both sides of the ball and have wins over three of the top teams in the state, Xaverian, St. John’s Prep, and Mansfield. Everett has cut down on its penalty yards.
Looking ahead to the playoffs, Everett will open at home against an opponent still to be determined. No. 2-rated Acton-Boxborough (6-0) is the only other undefeated in Division 1. St. John’s Prep (5-1) and rapidly improving Central Catholic (4-2) are rated behind Everett and AB in Division 1 North.
EHS boys soccer
defeats two NEC foes
The Everett High boys soccer team earned a pair of big victories this past week, defeating key Northeastern Conference rivals Lynn English and Malden. The twin wins kept the Crimson Tide in the hunt for an NEC South Division title and brought them within three points of punching their ticket for a Journey to the Tourney in the post-season.
In the 2-1 triumph at English last Wednesday, the Everett offense was provided by Juan Meza Rojas and AndydavensElysee. English had grabbed an early lead in the opening minutes, but Elysee reached the back of the Bulldogs’ net 10 minutes later with a nice move to bring the score back to level. A few minutes after that, Rojas converted a penalty kick when the ref awarded the PK to Everett for a hand ball by an English defender.
“We did a great job maintaining possession and creating dangerous opportunities,” said EHS head coach Oswaldo Constanza, who noted that his squad had no less than 10 corner kicks in the opening 40 minutes. “But we did a terrible job finishing.”
Two nights later under the lights at Everett Stadium, Everett defeated its long-time archival, Malden, with a two-nil shutout. Both Everett goals were produced on set plays off free kicks. Thiago Almeida took both kicks, launching the first one into the box where it was headed into the back of the Golden Tornado net by junior Erasmo Junior. The second free kick went to the feet of Henrique DaSilva, who settled the ball nicely and then delivered a fine strike that beat the Malden keeper.
Coach Oswaldo Constanza and his crew, who stand at 6-4-3 overall and 6-1-2 in the NEC South, have moved into second place in the NEC South, trailing first place Lynn Classical, which is 7-0-1 in the division.
Constanza and his crew were set to take on non-league rival St. John’s Prep this past Monday and then to make the long trek to Gloucester yesterday (Tuesday).
They will host Classical next Monday evening (7:00 kickoff) at the Stadium in a contest that could determine the NEC South champion. The Tide will travel to Salem next Wednesday and wrap up their regular season next Friday (October 26) against Chelsea.
EHS volleyball team
battles hard in close losses
The Everett High volleyball team is fighting for its playoff life after dropping two hard-fought rematches against Pope John last Friday and Malden on Monday.
The Lady Crimson Tide have six wins, but will need to win four of its final five games to qualify for the state tournament for the second year in a row.
“We’ve been battling all year and the battle continues,” said head coach Mike Fineran, following his team’s 16-14 loss in the fifth set against Malden. “We play in a competitive conference, and we schedule tough non-league matches so we can get better throughout the season. But I’ve been saying all year that nothing will be handed to us. We have to go out and earn it.”
On Friday, the Tide traveled to Pope John to play an improved Lady Tiger squad. Four kills by senior Kayla Gomes and five service points from senior JanekaVilmont gave Everett the lead in the first set, 14-10. But Everett could not shut the door — despite being up 22-20 and serving tied at 23 — eventually falling, 25-23.
The back-and-forth action would continue in the second set, though two kills from Gomes and three serves from senior captain Anna Thomaz put Everett up 12-9. Junior Saunti Burton had a pair of aces, and junior Bianca May had two kills and three service points, but a missed serve cut Everett’s lead to 20-19 and Pope John rallied for a 25-22 win.
Everett had chances in the third set to climb back into the match, as Vilmont blocked a pair and senior Laryssa Souza put Everett up 14-9. But once again, Pope John rallied, taking the set and the match, 25-21.
“It wasn’t the outcome we wanted, but it wasn’t because of a lack of effort. I give credit to Pope John for playing well at home. We always have trouble there,” said Fineran.
Everett returned to its home floor Monday to face Malden in a rematch of an early-season. five-set win for the Lady Crimson Tide. As expected, the contest was close throughout.
May had four kills in the opening frame, Vilmont had three aces and seven points, including the last three of the set, as Everett came back to take game one, 26-24.
Missed serves would prove costly in the second set, which Malden won 25-21, despite two blocks from senior DaiehneyVaz and five kills from Valmont.
Fineran also noted the outstanding play from his back row defenders, particularly Thomaz and junior libero Lorena Corbelli, who helped Everett recover from a loss in the third set to pull even with a convincing 25-11 win in the fourth set, in which
Everett’s attackers combined for 10 kills and the servers nailed six aces to make it a 2-2 contest.
The fifth and deciding set was close all the way. After Vilmont served to tie the set at 4-4, neither team could build a two-point lead until the final rally. Everett’s attackers had six kills, including three from Vaz, but costly errors in serving kept the Lady Crimson Tide from building any momentum. Malden took the set and the match, 16-14.
“We had our chances, but we didn’t do enough to win, and Malden did just enough to win. That’s the difference in the matches. There’s little room for error,” said Fineran. “That’s true of our season, too. If we are going to earn our way back to the States, we’re going to have to elevate our play. We have a week and a half left. We’re certainly going to be fighting hard the rest of the way.”
Finer and his crew were set to face Beverly yesterday (Tuesday) and will play at Somerville tomorrow (Thursday). They return home to face Medford next Tuesday and Danvers next Thursday. They will wrap up their season next Friday (October 26) at Medford.