Face unbeaten St. John’s Prep on Saturday Homecoming
By Jim Mitchell
The offensive attack that is the Everett High Crimson Tide led by running back Mike Sainristil and quarterback Dillon “Duke” Doherty (11-18, 214 yards, 4 TDs) was just too much for the Mansfield High School defense to overcome in the Tide’s second road game to start the season.
Sainristil dominated the field, catching two touchdown passes from Doherty using his unique running talents as he sliced and diced his way through the Hornet defense. Mansfield threw everything they could at the dominating 180 lb., five foot, 11-inch running back, including double-teaming, but to no avail. The two-way talented Sainristil also dominated on the other side of the (scrimmage) line, intercepting three Mansfield passes.
Mansfield drew first blood with a four-yard run by Nick Marciano and a PAT by kicker Nico Holmes – 7-0 – but the Tide’s sophomore sensation Duke Doherty ran for a two-yard touchdown and an Abraham Betancourth kick to tie it up to start the second quarter.
The Tide ran away with the game with three touchdown passes caught by Tyrese Baptiste (37-yards) and Mike Sainristil (51 and 37 yards) with a blocked PAT.
The Tide defense stifled the Hornets thanks to the Tide’s key playmaking of Robby Riobe, Samy Lamothe, Declan Smith, Giovanni Raduazzo, Gilbert Kabamba and Nate Mehu.
Tide kicker Betancourth added three PATs with only one blocked. Everett led Mansfield 27-7 at the half. The Tide took the third quarter, striking with a 10-yard pass reception from Dillon to Elijah Auguste.
The fourth quarter saw Mansfield take their last gasp for seven points with a one-yard run by the Hornets’ Vinnie Holmes and a PAT by Nico Holmes.
But the Tide picked up where they left off with their offensive attack with a one-yard touchdown run by Jaden Mahabir and the extra point by Betancourth.
Everett’s defense limited Mansfield past halftime to seven points.
Tide Head Coach Theluxon Pierre credited his talented offense, including standouts Eli Auguste and Tyrese Baptiste, who each had touchdown receptions. Isaac Seide also contributed to the Tide’s talented offensive play. “It was a great team win for us – the whole receiving crew was good today and the offensive line was dominant,” said the first-year coach.
The Tide will return to Everett for their Homecoming game against the unbeaten St. John’s Prep for the 16th time on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at Everett Memorial Stadium.