By Matt Nuzzo
The Everett Crimson Tide seems to be peaking at the perfect moment as their 54-20 route of Malden captured the team’s unprecedented nineteenth straight Greater Boston League Title. When you sit back and think about that for a moment you truly realize how remarkable a run the Tide have been on, but coach DiBiaso and staff do not set out every season just to capture the Greater Boston League title, they make it well aware to the players that they have their sights set on capturing Superbowl titles and they have been ridiculously successful in those attempts as well. The year 2012 will mark Everett’s tenth straight playoff appearance and fifteenth appearance in the last sixteen years. In those years the mighty Tide have appeared in the Superbowl thirteen times and captured the crown in nine of them. Not too shabby for a blue collar town of just over forty thousand people. Let’s take a quick look at how the Tide took care of business on Friday night against the Golden Tornadoes of Malden.
The two headed monster that is Jakarrie Washington and Jalen Felix once again dominated the first half of play and did so in a variety of ways. Jakarrie started off the scoring with a fifteen yard touchdown run on Everett’s first possession followed by Jalen’s one yard touchdown score on the Tide’s next possession. Jakarrie then hauled in quarterback Raheem Wingard’s pass from forty-one yards out and the Tide jumped out to a comfortable 21-0 lead halfway through the first quarter. Malden would not go quietly however as quarterback Jake Martino connected with receiver Franklin Huynh from seventy-four yards away on Malden’s next possession and seemingly shifted momentum to the Malden sideline. Whatever momentum had shifted quickly shifted back to the Everett side, as Jalen Felix wasted no time, returning the ensuing kickoff eighty-six yards to cap off the first quarter scoring with Everett comfortably ahead with a 28-6 lead. It was more of the same in the second quarter as Everett put up three more scores. Kenny Calaj had a six yard run, Jalen Felix got his cardio in for the day with another long touchdown run from seventy yards away, and senior defensive back Matt Pothier returned a fumble twenty-nine yards to the house. Gilly DeSouza connected on all six of his PAT’s in the first half. Malden managed two more touchdowns themselves in the second quarter, a three yard gallop from Jean Sylvain and a seven yard run from quarterback Jake Martino. The score at the half was Everett 48 and Malden 20. Joey White scored the lone touchdown of the second half on a beautiful forty-five yard run. The game would end with a final score of Everett 54 and Malden 20. Malden has not beaten Everett in twenty-one years, however the competition in the last few years has been much closer as the Golden Tornadoes look to rekindle a once formidable and long lasting rivalry.
Everything is not all positive for the Tide however, as they now turn their sights to the playoffs which present an eighteen-day layoff from the Malden game. In an unfortunate set of events, Cambridge told Everett they would no longer play on Thanksgiving and Everett was unable to find an opponent which has many alumni and fans upset. Thanksgiving and football have become synonymous with one another in Massachusetts, a time for people who have not seen each other in a long time to reunite and talk about the old times they shared in the great city of Everett. As an alumni myself, I hope all measures are taken to see that this does not happen again. Not only does it rest uneasy for the fans, but it more importantly causes problem for the team itself as they now will not have another game until November 27th, an extremely long layoff. The players are confident that it will not affect their play. Jakarrie Washington said, “I feel like the team always steps up in big games regardless, and if we can do that again, there is no game this team cannot win with the talent we have.” This reporter knows first-hand that coach DiBiaso and coach Milo will not let this teams’ focus falter one bit, actually quite the contrary. They will use the next two-plus weeks to get healthy, to prepare, and get this team hungry to play again when that time comes.