DANVERS, Mass. -- No. 1 Everett posted their first shutout of the season Sunday in a 35-0 win over St. John’s Prep. Quarterback Jonathan DiBiaso threw for three touchdowns to three different receivers while kicker/defensive back Gilly DeSouza had two interceptions, both in the first half, the second for a pick six.
“St. John’s in a pretty good team,” Everett head coach John DiBiaso said. “I can’t be mad about 35 points against a good team like this.”
For the first score, DiBiaso (14-22, 186 yards) marched his team 72 yards down the field in 2:20. On first and goal from the 10, DiBiaso had trouble getting a grip on the ball as he dropped back, but got a hold of it and dumped it to Kenny Calaj who caught the ball and stepped left into the end zone.
Prep put on a five minute drive thereafter but was able to convert only one first down before punting the ball. After a failed long ball to Jakarrie Washington on the first play of the following Everett (3-0) series, DiBiaso hit Washington with a quick hitch to the left on the next play, which he in turn took to the house after receiving a sustained block from Calaj to make the score 13-0.
On the following St. John’s play, DeSouza got an interception after a Prep player tipped the ball and ran into the end zone only to be called out of bounds at the 21. Unable to punch it in, the score remained 14-0 until the 3-minute mark in the second quarter when DeSouza got his second interception for the day, again tipped from a Prep receiver, and took it past the plane for a score.
ONE TIME, TWO TIMES
DeSouza’s first interception was called back, so the touchdown that manifested out of second one played out in his head as the ball was tipped towards him.
“After first one when I got called out of bounds, when I got the second one, I had to go back to the house," DeSouza said. "It feels good to get the six because I get to play some more defensive back and wideout.”
BOWLING FOR LANGSTON
When a defender waited for Vondell Langston in the open field today, they got pancaked.
“When I got to them, I put my head down and tried to run them over. I’m not big with the fancy moves and all the jooking like Jonathan,” Langston said as he and the senior DiBiaso bumped shoulders outside of the team’s yellow bus.
Bowling over defender has become a regular for Langston.
“Vondell’s been working on that his whole career,” John DiBiaso said.
“That’s all I’ve been doing my whole life,” added Langston. “I don’t see any use in running away from people.”
GLIMMER OF HOPE
Alex Moore (19 carries, 45 yards) pounded the ball for the Eagles and kept them moving down the field. Off to a rough start (0-3), St. John’s Prep coach Jim O’Leary saw something promising today in the consistent positive gains from Moore.
“I think that comes from our offensive line getting better as we go along,” O’Leary said. “The score doesn’t show it, but we played better on the offensive line than we have the last two games.”
I'VE GOT YOUR BACK, WIDEOUT
Just after he scored a touchdown, Calaj made an important, textbook block on a defender to give Washington the room to get his score on. DiBiaso expects that his guys block for each other with no reservation.
“They absolutely have to help each other out and work for each other,” Coach DiBiaso said. “Kenny made a key block for Jakarrie and I’m sure Jakarrie would have done the same thing for Kenny. In fact, he did last week.”
E (3-0) 14 7 0 14 – 35
SJP (0-3) 0 0 0 0 – 0
E – Kenny Calaj 6 pass from Jonathan DiBiaso (Gilly DeSouza kick)
E – Jakarrie Washington 72 pass from DiBiaso (DeSouza kick)
E – DeSouza 20 int. return (DeSouza kick)
E – Calaj 64 run (DeSouza kick)
E – Jaylen McRae 35 pass from DiBiaso (DeSouza kick)