DORCHESTER, Mass. -- During practice this week, Everett head coach John DiBiaso warned his players that Ohio State was ranked No. 1 and lost the week after. No. 10 BC High did their best Wisconsin impersonation, coming close to knocking of the Kings of the Bay State, but No. 1 Everett pulled out a nail-biting 37-27 win Friday night.
Needless to say, DiBiaso’s postgame speech was not congratulatory.
“The intesity wasn’t there in practice this week,” DiBiaso said. “But I’m talking to kids. Some of the stuff registers, some of it doesn’t.
“I thought we played well enough to win, but we made many, too many mistakes, and they’re a good team and we let them back into the game.”
The Eagles, after being down 23-8 at the half, didn’t look good coming out of the locker room. BC High (3-3) got the ball to open the second half, but after one pass, Everett’s Vondell Langston took a fumble 60 yards into the end zone, and the Gilly DeSouza kick made the game 30-8. Then the Eagles woke up, scoring 19 unanswered points.
“We challenged our kids at halftime,” BC High head coach Jon Bartlett said. “We knew had to up our play.”
On the following drive, after two incomplete passes, on third and 10 from their own 36, Eagles wide receiver Gordon McLeod caught a pass from Bartley Regan and took it 74 yards for a score. Running up the right sideline and dodging a last-ditch defender who dove at his feet less than a minute after, McLeod put the Eagles back on the board.
Everett ran four plays on the ensuing drive, one for a first down, so the Eagles got the ball again with eight minutes to go in the third. Less than three minutes later, the Eagles scored again, this time on a 13-yard run by Preston Cooper, making the game 30-21.
On the next series, BC High’s junior defensive end Adam Richard sacked Jonathan DiBiaso (235 passing yards, four total touchdowns) for a 7-yard loss, after he had ducked the first Eagle rusher. Giving the ball up on downs, the Crimson Tide (6-0) began to look helpless, as Cooper took the second play of the following drive 71 yards, dove for the end zone but ended up three yards out. Luke Catarius cleaned up the spill, walking into the end zone and making it a three-point game at 30-27.
Everett made it down to the Eagles’ 14, but passed up the chance for a 34-yard field goal and went for the score. A sack by Catarius gave the Eagles the ball back and the momentum, down one score and having stopped the Crimson Tide after a 57-yard drive. The Eagles could not capitalize on the opportunity though, as Everett forced them into a three-and-out, then holding onto the ball for the next five minutes, cementing their three-point lead with an extra effort run through two defenders at the goal line by DiBiaso for the final score.
“We didn’t play so good, so there’s really nothing much to say,” Everett’s Manny Asprilla said. “We’re going to running a lot this week in practice. A lot.”
Everett02377 -- 37
BC High08190 -- 27
B – Preston Cooper 2 run (Jameson McShea pass from Brendan Craven)
E – Matt Costello 6 pass from Jonathan DiBiaso (Ralph Jonathas pass from DiBiaso)
E – Costello 13 pass from DiBiaso (Gilly DeSouza kick)
E – Manny Asprilla 43 pass from DiBiaso (Chris McCarthy rush)
E – Vondell Langston 60 fumble recovery (DeSouza kick)
B – Gordon McLeod 74 pass from Bartley Regan (Gavin McDermott kick)
B – Cooper 13 run (kick failed)
B – Luke Catarius 3 run (pass failed)
E – DiBiaso 3 run (DeSouza kick)