Everett football takes on host Lynn Classical Friday night with the postseason right around the corner
With the playoffs just one week away, the Everett High School football team (5-0 in the Greater Boston League [GBL] and 6-1 overall) appears to be playing on all cylinders after another dominating performance over a league rival at Everett Memorial Stadium last Friday night. The Crimson Tide didn’t waste any time to beat neighboring Malden, scoring early and often to win going away, 42-6. The home team scored all 42 points before halftime and was able to cruise the rest of the way.
The Golden Tornadoes are 3-4 overall, and 2-3 in the league. Everett is currently 12th in the latest Division 1 power rankings, while Malden is ranked 26th overall in Division 3.
“Our team played very fast and physical on Friday against Malden,” said coach Rob DiLoreto after the game. “We are hoping to build on that performance as we prepare for Lynn Classical this week.”
The Tide will take on the Rams (5-1) Friday night (Oct. 28) at Lynn’s Manning Field, beginning at 6 p.m.
But first things first, let’s wrap up another offensive explosion by the Everett boys last Friday night against the aforementioned Malden. Everett quarterback Karmarri Ellerbe sent an immediate message to the visiting Golden Tornadoes with an electrifying 85-yard touchdown run. Adoni Santos completed the scoring play with another successful extra point boot through the uprights.
The Everett defense then joined the fun when Jayden Prophete picked off a pass and proceeded to run it back 45-yards for six more points. Santos once again tacked on the extra point to put his teammates up by 14 very early in the opening stanza. Ellerbe followed with a 21-yard run to the endzone to close out the first quarter scoring, and then Santos did his thing once again to account for the 21st point.
At the start of the second quarter, Prophete came up with his second interception of the game and also ran that one back for six more points. The entire scoring play went for 35 yards.
The defense disrupted the Malden offense again; that resulted in the team’s fifth touchdown of the game. This time it was Jaiden Williams who recovered a fumble and dashed seven yards for the score. Damien Lackland was credited with Everett’s final touchdown of the game late in the second quarter with a three-yard run to paydirt. Santos also nailed the final four extra points to help account for six of the team’s 42 points in the game.
The Golden Tornadoes were able to avoid the shutout with a late score in the fourth quarter.
Ellerbe was DiLoreto’s choice for offensive player of the game. He called his own number twice in the game, and each time it resulted in touchdowns for the home team. Prophete (two interceptions for touchdowns) and Christian Zamor (one interception) were DiLoreto’s defensive player of the game selections.
But despite another Everett beatdown, they can still play better, according to DiLoreto. “We still have areas to improve on in each phase of the game,” the Everett coach said. “Our offensive, defensive and special team units are all working hard, but we have identified areas of concern for each of them, and we are working hard to correct our mistakes.”
But the good news is that the team is healthy with no injuries for the trip to Lynn on Friday night. As far as the Rams are concerned, “They are extremely well-coached,” said DiLoreto, and they play a physical brand of offensive football, and their defense is fast and furious.
“We know that we have our hands full on Friday night, and we need to play our best game of the year to beat them,” he added.
Meanwhile, the Golden Tornadoes will be hosting Revere on Friday night. Both teams come into this game with identical 3-4 overall records.