WALTHAM, Mass. -- Early in the fourth quarter, Everett's Jakarrie Washington took a sweep right down the sidelines and made a hesitation move that caused a Lincoln-Sudbury defender to fall, despite being between Washington and the end zone. The momentum that the Warriors had gained with their only offensive touchdown of the game less than two minutes earlier had been quickly put to rest, as the No. 1 Tide won easily, 36-13.
“On third down, we knew they were going to drop,” said Everett coach John DiBiaso. “They were really dropping off on us, so when Jakarrie took that jet sweep I saw he got the corner. Once he got the corner, I knew he at least had the first down. When I saw his shoulders squared and he was going upfield I said he’s got a shot to go all the way and he did.”
That score made the game 27-13, and the extra point rush by Joey White made the score 29-13. On the ensuing Lincoln-Sudbury drive, junior Angel Duarte and senior Vondell Langston sacked quarterback Matt Cahill on first down and after two complete passes punted the ball away.
Despite a block in the back penalty on the return that negated the run back but also took away punitive yards, the Crimson Tide walked straight down the field, led off by Kenny Calaj with a 37-yard run. By the time Vondell Langston broke the plane with 3:30 left, it became nearly impossible for Lincoln-Sudbury to come back now down 36-13, but Washington’s interception one minute later put the final touch on the game for the Crimson Tide.
“We’ve been practicing for them all week,” said Washington of Everett’s defensive training. “Going through the plays, learning play recognition, so we adapted to what they were doing and we did what we had to do.”
Heat of the Battle: DiBiaso and the Crimson Tide are used to winning games by large margins, and even though tonight the 23-point victory is sizeable, that was not solidified until late in the fourth quarter. The victory, although not at Gillette, felt good to coach DiBiaso because of the effort needed for his players to pull of the win.
“To win a tough game is always more gratifying than to win a blow out,” said DiBiaso. “So if this game were say 42-0, we wouldn’t appreciate it as much as we appreciate it now. This was a battle, we had to battle for it, we had to fight for it, we had to claw, scratch, bite for it, and when we get it, it means that much more. That’s why I’m very emotional and I feel so good. It was a war out there tonight and our kids responded like champions."
Run Game: Before the game, Everett quarterback Jonathan DiBiaso was not feeling well and went to the bathroom to throw up before the game. Although he started the match, he was sliding early on during his runs, avoiding serious contact with the L-S defenders. As the game progressed, he began to take on hits and get the extra yardage that he usually does. Between not feeling 100% and the deep coverage that Lincoln-Sudbury was playing, the Crimson Tide scored all of their touchdowns on the ground today, something unusal for the high-powered offense.
E – Jonathan DiBiaso 1 run (Gilly DeSouza kick)
E – Vondell Langston 2 run (DeSouza kick)
L – Connor Young 62 yard interception return (kick blocked)
E – Jalen Felix 1 run (DeSouza kick)
L – Jack Harris 14 pass from Matt Cahill (Will Twyman kick)
E – Jakarrie Washington 63 run (Joey White rush)
E – Jonathan DiBiaso 4 run (DeSouza kick)