Late field goal sends Red Raiders to Div. I north Finals
By The Advocate
No one in Everett Stadium could have possibly seen the ending to this tournament game – Tide football has routinely won over so many years on their trip to a Super Bowl berth. But on Friday night, Everett High School saw the end of their tourney dreams when the son of Everett’s police chief, Central Catholic High sophomore Nick Mazzie, kicked a 34-yard field goal with less than 60 seconds left in regulation to upset Everett, 23-20, to win the Division I North semifinal. The Tide came out strong early in the game with 20 unanswered points, but by the fourth quarter it appeared Everett ran out of gas when Central Catholic stole the game.
It all started in the first quarter when the Red Raiders, led by quarterback Jared Silverio, ran for a 4-yard touchdown, and Mazzie’s PAT gave CC the lead, 7-0.
Everett answered with Issac Seide carrying the ball for an 11-yard touchdown run followed by Tide quarterback “Duke” Doherty connecting with Mike Sainristil for a 66-yard pass, and with Eli Auguste for 43-yards, giving Everett a 20-7 lead.
Silverio (9-of-15 passing, 128 yards, TD; 14 carries, 102 yards, 2 TDs) led an 83-yard scoring drive with 57 rushing yards, including a 2-yard plunge, to respond for Central, trimming the deficit to 20-14 by halftime. But it was the Red Raider defense that would do what no other team could against Everett all season: coming up with big plays, turning Everett over on downs, to allow sixth-seed Central Catholic to turn on the offense.
A CC screen play found Red Raider senior Michael LeFebre for a 49-yard reception to place the visitors on the Everett 8-yard line – frustration for the Tide faithful as Everett was hit for a personal foul after Silverio was sacked on third down, giving the visitors a first down and a second chance. Central Catholic would tie the game at 20 with over two minutes remaining thanks to a 12-yard touchdown reception.
Mazzie’s extra point was blocked, but fate would hand the sophomore kicker a second chance. Doherty was intercepted by LeFebre, who returned the ball to the Everett 45-yard line, which led to Silverio running for 20 yards, giving Mazzie a second shot with Central Catholic now in field goal range. With 57 seconds left, Mazzie found the center of the uprights with a 33-yard field goal, sealing the win for Central Catholic.
In their last-ditch effort, the Tide advanced across midfield, but a Hail Mary pass fell incomplete to end Everett High’s 27-game winning streak, the state’s second longest.
The Red Raiders will face St. John’s Prep in the Div. I North Final. Everett (8-1) will face Acton-Boxboro (8-1) in a non-playoff matchup.