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Dominating Tide football shuts down another GBL opponent

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After hammering Lynn English to record second straight win, Everett preps for BC High tonight at home

By Joe McConnell

In the last two weeks, the Everett High School football team (2-1) has totally dominated two of its Greater Boston League (GBL) rivals by a combined score of 94-0. The Tide first walloped Somerville, 59-0. They then pinned a 35-0 loss on host Lynn English at Lynn’s Manning Field last Friday night.

First-year coach Justin Flores is naturally quite impressed, specifically signaling out the team’s defensive effort. “The defense has been stout, not giving up very much in yards throughout the last two games,” Flores said.

Flores also praised the efforts of Christian Zamor on the offensive side of the ball. “His ability to come in and start at quarterback to lead us to victory the way he did against Lynn English was also outstanding,” the coach added.

The Tide led, 21-0 at halftime, and then scored two more touchdowns in the second half, one each in the third and fourth quarters to account for the final score.

Senior Damien Lackland (9 carries for 47 yards, caught one pass for two yards, two touchdowns) got his teammates on the scoreboard with a 10-yard run to paydirt. Zamor (10 carries for 196 yards, two receptions for 20 yards, three touchdowns) scored both touchdowns in the second quarter on runs of 71 and five yards. He kept up his penchant for scoring touchdowns with a 28-yard run to the endzone in the third quarter. Lackland closed out the scoring in this game after negotiating the final four yards for six points. Adoni Santos made all four of his extra point attempts. He missed one field goal try.

Junior Carlos Rodrigues threw seven passes for 40 yards. He had one interception on defense. Yariel Ortiz caught one pass for four yards. Jayden Prophete was on the receiving end of two passes for eight yards. He ran the ball once for five yards. Jaysaun Coggins hauled in one pass for 13 yards.

Flores thinks his team is building up a consistent approach since the first game of the season against Xaverian. “Not much has changed since the first game,” he said. “I think we are the team that came out strong in the second half against Xaverian, and we have continued to get better. We haven’t had a great amount of time together as a team and coaching staff, but everything is starting to blend together.”

Zamor is this week’s offensive standout, according to Flores, after rushing for almost 200-yards and three touchdowns. Shane MacKenzie and Dom Papa were the coach’s defensive standouts against the Bulldogs.

It’s back to the Catholic Conference for the Tide tonight (Sept. 29), when non-league BC High comes to Everett Stadium for a 7 p.m. game.

“(The Eagles) run a spread offense with a very decisive and effective quarterback, when he throws the ball,” said Flores. “They have a lot of talent at the skill positions, and are large up front. On defense, they will employ three linemen up front with four linebackers in the middle. They like to blitz heavily to create havoc on every play.”

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