Crush Andover, 41-14; face Central Catholic tonight, 7 p.m.
By The Advocate
As expected, the Everett High School Crimson Tide football team walked into the first round of the MIAA Div. 1 North tourney like the giants they are, and stepped on Andover, 41-14, to the delight of the hometown team on Friday night at Veterans Memorial Stadium.
The number 1 seeded Football Tide handed number 8 Andover a serious beatdown thanks to the senior offensive attack of Mike Sainristil, Isaac Seide and Gilbert Kabamba along with sophomore quarterback Dillon “Duke” Doherty.
Seide rushed for two touchdowns combining for 113 yards for a 21-0 Tide lead. The highlight of the quarter was a screen pass from Doherty on connecting to sophomore Tyrese Baptiste for 44 yards and a touchdown.
Tide sensation Sainristil proved his might on both sides of the ball with a touchdown and two interceptions.
Everett would continue to dominate the Golden Warriors in the second quarter as junior running back Jaden Mahabir ran for a 61-yard touchdown, giving the Tide the lead, 41-7, by halftime.
Everett’s defense was in total control of Andover’s offense thanks to Kabamba’s relenting pass rushing of the Andover quarterback. Senior Nate Mehu joined sophomore teammate Brandon Gibbs in shutting down the Golden Warriors passing game, each garnering an interception.
Following the game, Tide head coach Theluxon Pierre praised his players, who will now face Central Catholic (6-2) on Friday night at Everett. The Red Raiders have bounced back after a tough season start with losses to St. John’s Prep and North Andover, but have developed a strong offensive attack to end the regular season, recently defeating Lexington, 40-9, in their first round last week. But given Everett’s talent and momentum in the tourney, it may not be enough to stem the Tide.