LYNN, Mass. -– Everett opened lit up the scoreboard early with a thunderous touchdown run by Kenny Calaj and would do so six more time en route to a 46-0 shutout over Lynn English, advancing to the Division IA Super Bowl this Saturday.
“We just neded to start off on a good note,” said Calaj. “We were trying to get to the Super Bowl, trying to get my team fired up and that’s the way to do it, [getting] the first touchdown.”
Scoring for Everett as well were Vondell Langston (2 TDs), Jonathan DiBiaso (2 TD passes), Jalen Felix (TD reception), Jakarrie Washington (TD reception), and Mike White and Lukas Denis with one rushing touchdown apiece.
Four Quarters: Late into the game, even after Everett called of their starters, Lynn English came close to scoring, but the Everett second string defense held it together to post the shut out. Kenny Calaj said after the game that the team was ready for this game defensively as well, but that their game plan was not very complicated.
“We practiced hitting all week, hitting hard for this team because the quarterback runs a lot,” said Calaj. “Hits after hit created turnovers… and we capitalized on offense.”
Luben Figaro, a sophomore defensive back, got an interception and fumble recovery, both of which yielded touchdowns for the Crimson Tide.
“This is only his second or third start so I was very happy for him,” said coach John DiBiaso.
Unexpected: Coach DiBiaso said that although the Crimson Tide plays up to a certain standard each day that shutting out a 9-2 team was not what he had anticipated before the game.
“We had three great days of practice so I though that we would play well. Kids were flying around and really worked hard," he said. "We had great intensity so I did expect to play well.”
One Team: Before the game, Everett, as well as Lynn English, decided that they would not do individual introductions, but instead be called out as a team. Coach DiBiaso noted that this was a team decision and Felix said that this week, the team practiced with that very spirit.
“Fast tempo, just being there for one another, just blocking for each other, being one the same page with each other," Felix said. "As far as quarterback [and receivers] us running our routes, building each other up on each play, not letting anyone go down even if they felt like they went down on a bad play and just moving onto the next play."
EVERETT 46, LYNN ENGLISH 0
EV (12-0) - 21 - 19 - 6 - 0 --- 46
LE (10-2) - 0 - 0 - 0 - 0 --- 0
Kenny Calaj 12 run (Gilly DeSouza kick)
Jalen Felix 10 pass from Jonathan DiBiaso (kick blocked)
Vondell Langston 3 run (Calaj rush)
Langston 26 run (DeSouza kick)
Jakarrie Washington 28 pass from DiBiaso (kick blocked)
Mike White 1 run (kick failed)
Lukas Denis 22 run (rush failed)