EVERETT, Mass. -- Matt Costello streaked by his defender down the left sideline, in one-on-one coverage, and easily hauled in the long fade from his Everett High quarterback, his fourth and final receiving touchdown of an eye-opening afternoon.
And then, in his typical demeanor, he shrugged it off.
"I tried to make it look like I do it all the time," the 6-foot-1 senior smiled. "I don't like to showboat much, I just like to let it all fly over."
His numbers, however, suggest quite the anomaly for the wide receiver. He finished the day with eight catches for 203 yards and four touchdowns, as the No. 2 Crimson Tide rolled to 43-14 win over No. 24 Barnstable, at Everett Veterans Memorial Stadium. His big day also allowed quarterback Jonathan DiBiaso (293 passing yards, five touchdowns) tie his own school record for most touchdown passes in a game (five), and inch closer to the career touchdown mark set by former Tide great Matt Nuzzo earlier this century (30, to DiBiaso's 27).
"We had a good gameplan, and we knew we could exploit some things in the defense," Costello said. "So we threw the ball around, and me and Jonathan happened to connect alot, so it worked out well."
Said head coach John DiBiaso, "I said at the beginning of the year, Jonathan's blessed that he has the two best receivers in the state," referring to Costello and Boston College-bound senior Manny Asprilla (110 yards of offense, 2 TD). "They both played that way today."
The Tide (3-0) got into the teeth of Barnstable's defense early on, marching all the way down the field on the game-opening drive, and capping the five-play, 66-yard drive with a 20-yard strike from DiBiaso to Costello. The Red Raiders (2-2) went three-and-out on the ensuing series, but Costello got a piece of D.J. Crook's punt, giving Everett a starting drive at the Raider 40. Vondell Langston (six carries, 59 yards) burst through the middle for 25 yards on the first play, and Jonathan DiBiaso did the rest, hitting Asprilla for six yards and finishing the drive with a seven-yard pass to Costello.
Barnstable answered, though, with a 31-yard touchdown pass from Crook (172 passing yards, 2 TD) to speedy wideout Jordan Henderson (five catches, 59 yards). The 6-foot, 180-pound senior blazed by the secondary with his 4.5 speed, and then ran in the ensuing two-point try to make it 14-8.
"He was pretty fast. He was actually pretty good," said Asprilla, who took on an additional role in the secondary this week to defend Handerson. "I wasn't expecting him to come out the way he did. He's pretty strong, he's a good athlete."
But Everett answered forcefully in the second quarter. Jakarrie Washington strip-sacked Crook deep in Barnstable territory, and Kenny Calaj fell on it at the Raider 13. Asprilla then plunged in from three yards out several plays later for a 22-8 score. Two minutes later, with 18.3 seconds to go in the half, the Tide went up 21 with a 79-yard pass from DiBiaso to Costello.
Costello slammed things shut in the second half with his final touchdown grab of the day, a 34-yarder late in the third quarter that made it 36-8.
"I thought we played with them well in the first half," Barnstable head coach Doug Crook said. "They've (Everett) just got so many athletes. Up front, we couldn't give D.J. any time whatsoever and establish any type of running game. He was getting alot of heat, and that limited his throws, and where he could throw to."
EVERETT 43, BARNSTABLE 14
BHS 8 0 0 6 --- 14
EHS 14 15 7 7 --- 43
E - Matt Costello 20 pass from Jonathan DiBiaso (Gilly DeSouza kick) 9:33
E - Costello 7 pass from DiBiaso (DeSouza kick) 6:50
B - Jordan Henderson 31 pass from D.J. Crook (Henderson run) 3:56
E - Manny Asprilla 3 run (Costello pass from DiBiaso) 2:34
E - Costello 79 pass from DiBiaso (DeSouza kick) 0:18.3
E - Costello 34 pass from DiBiaso (DeSouza kick) 2:33
E - Asprilla 27 pass from DiBiaso (DeSouza kick) 7:45
B - Matt Delaney 25 pass from Crook (kick blocked) 3:48