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Tide completes GBL season undefeated after shutting down second-place Lynn Classical

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Everett football team now gets ready to begin playoffs at Taunton Friday night

  The Everett High School football team (7-1 overall, 6-0 in the Greater Boston League [GBL]) has been dominating GBL rivals all season long, but probably its most important victory came last Friday night (Oct. 28) at Lynn’s Manning Field against Lynn Classical (5-2 overall, 4-1 In the GBL). The Crimson Tide (5-0) entered the contest one game ahead of the second-place Rams (4-0) in the GBL, but by game’s end coach Rob DiLoreto’s squad emerged unscathed once again after posting a 31-0 drubbing over the home team. As a result, the Everett boys begin the Division 1 playoffs as the 11th seed, and they will face host Taunton (5-3), the sixth seed, in a Round of 16 game Friday night (Nov. 5), starting at 7 p.m., while the Rams, the 15th seed, have the dubious honor of taking on undefeated Andover (8-0), the second seed, in Andover.

  “I was very proud of our effort against a very physical Lynn Classical team,” said DiLoreto. “Our kickoff team set the tone early on by creating a big turnover, which led to a touchdown [in the second quarter]. They also ended up leading us to another touchdown. [Those plays] turned out to be big factors in the outcome of the game.”

  “But we still know we need to play our very best game of the year away from home against Taunton to begin the playoffs Friday night,” added the veteran high school coach.

  After a scoreless first quarter, the Tide scored 12 second-quarter points. Damien Lackland ignited the offense with a two-yard touchdown run, which also ended up being the game-winning points. The special teams then began tacking on the insurance points when Angel Diaz recovered a fumble and proceeded to run the final five yards to account for his team’s second score.

  Quarterback Karmarri Ellerbe produced the first touchdown of the second half with a six-yard run to extend the lead to 18-0. Lackland made it 24-0 with a 31-yard burst from scrimmage, and he was also credited with the team’s final score of the game in the fourth quarter after successfully negotiating the final four yards to pay dirt. Adoni Santos followed by kicking the extra point through the uprights to seal the 31-0 verdict.

  “Our offense was led by some big runs from Karmarri Ellerbe [one touchdown], Damien Lackland [three touchdowns], Jayden Prophete and Jaiden Williams,” said DiLoreto.

  DiLoreto also praised the defense, specifically ends Kevin Ruiz, Shane McKenzie and Jason Stark. “All three players did a tremendous job disrupting the Lynn Classical blocking schemes that we faced all game long,” he added.

  But now, it’s all about the playoffs, where one loss ends a team’s Super Bowl dreams, while also being relegated to consolation games to complete the regular season. Despite having a better record than Taunton, the power rankings dictate for Everett to take a long trip to that school. But DiLoreto promises that his team will be prepared to face them.

  “Our coaching staff was hard at work studying film on Taunton after finding out on Monday we’ll be playing them,” he said. “My own film study and gameplan preparation usually begins very early Saturday morning, so this is a very short week for me. But we will get the work in to properly prepare the team. We are naturally very excited about qualifying for the playoffs, and will do our best to represent Everett with pride.”

  The 2022 Division 1 Top 16 teams are as follows: Franklin (5-2), Andover (8-0), Central Catholic (6-2), Springfield Central (7-1), Xaverian Brothers (6-2), Taunton (5-3), St. John’s Prep (6-2), Methuen (6-2), Brockton (7-1), Attleboro (4-4), Everett (7-1), Wachusett Regional (6-2), Shrewsbury (4-4), Braintree (4-4), Lynn Classical (5-2) and Boston College High (2-6).

The Crimson Tide’s Jayden Prophete looks for a hole behind the nifty blocking of Aidan Duclos (#50) and Jason Stark (#87).
All for one and one for all as the Crimson Tide celebrated another touchdown by junior running back Damien Lackland (#10) – shown celebrating with his teammates in the end zone.
Damian Lackland looks to the goal line as he scores a Crimson Tide TD as QB Karmarri Ellerbe (#1) leads the way.

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