DANVERS -- It almost doesn't seem fair that such a beautiful grab led to only 3 points, but let's face it, without the SportsCenter-worthy grab above, Everett probably wouldn't have put any points on the board during a second-quarter trek in Saturday's win over St. John's Prep.
But we're jumping ahead. Let's set the table: Everett took over at its own 31 early in the second frame and a defensive pass interference penalty helped the Tide move the ball to their own 42. Facing 2nd and 10 from that spot, southpaw quarterback Jonathan DiBiaso took the direct snap and shuffled a few steps to his left before unleashing a deep ball down the Everett sideline for junior wide receiver Matt Costello.
Out of DiBiaso's hand, the ball looked overthrown and Prep defensive back Mike Uva (21) did about as much as he could using his left arm to jam Costello as the receiver attempted to sprint past him on a go route.
But the 6-foot, 160-pound Costello did a nice job tracking the ball and, with an outstretched leap at the Prep 27, managed to corral the ball on his finger tips before hauling it in as he crashed to the turf at the 23. A 35-yard completion.
The QB-WR combo tried to connect again five plays later on 3rd and goal from the Prep 3, but DiBiaso's pass was a little bit wide on an out route at the front of the end zone and the Tide settled for a 20-yard field goal from freshman kicker Gilly DeSouza.
Check out the video at the top to see the catch (including in slow-motion), along with some commentary from DiBiaso.
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