Everett never got out of the blocks.
Whether it was the team being unaccustomed to playing in snow or the bright lights of Gillette Stadium, the Crimson Tide were blindsided with a blowout from the Xaverian Hawks.
Joe Colton rushed for 108 yards and scored two touchdowns as Xaverian shut out Everett 29-0 in the EMass Division 1 Super Bowl in Foxborough.
Everett turned the ball over four times in the first two quarters, and put up a measly nine yards of offense in the first half before the snow caught up with them. By the third quarter, and down 22-0, the weather was so bad there was no salvaging the game against the Globe's No. 1 team in the region.
Xaverian cruised, riding the coattails of Colton and quarterback Alex Phelan, who added a seven-yard touchdown run to the Hawks' total. Matt Tuleja also scored for Xaverian with a nine-yard run in the second quarter.
- Xaverian's Joe Colton just broke loose. He goes 39 yards to put the the Hawks up 29-0 (extra point good) with 3:04 left.
Colton now has 26 carries for 108 yards and one rushing score. He also has a receiving score.
- We're starting to see the Everett offense come alive. They're giving the balls to their backs — and their backs only. Vondell Langston has seen a number of carries in the fourth. Quarterback Jonathan DiBiaso has had trouble connecting with receivers. Unfortunately, they're still unable to get out of the center of the field. We're looking at a quarter full of runs.
- We're stuck in the middle of the field folks, playing between the hashes. This isn't pretty but I think the coaches are starting to realize that this game is going to be on the ground the rest of the way through. It's still 22-0 at the end of the quarter. It probably won't change through the fourth.
- This quarter is moving awfully slow. If you haven't tuned into any of the live feeds (online and on TV), the games snow has change the whole dynamic of the game. Everett fell apart in the first half because of it and Xaverian is now becoming more conservative because of it too.
Passing is all but out of the question.
- At half, Xaverian is in clear control. It appears Everett's fans have deserted them, as the Crimson Tide are down 22-0.
If Everett can get some grip on their gloves, they could at least make this a game to watch. But as it is, they're fumbling at every opportunity afforded them. They've got four in the game.
With so many turnovers, it's no surprise they only have nine yards of total offense. Xaverian has 149.
Xaverian's Joe Colton leads all players with 16 rushes for 45 yards. He also has a reception for a touchdown.
- Jules Murphy kicked a 21-yard field goal with six seconds left in the half. Xaverian up 22-0.
- In the worst of luck, Everett fumbled on the following kickoff return due to the snow. Xaverian's Andrew Jenkins recovered at the Everett 5-yard line. The Hawks are poised to score again before we reach the half.
- Xaverian's Alex Phelan scored on seven-yard scramble, getting to the corner of the end zone before getting touched. The extra point was no good. Xaverian's up 19-0 over Everett with 1:08 left in the half.
- Everett's defense is on full alert. After giving up 35-yard pass play to Xaverina's Mike Muir, Everett locked the Hawks down. They blocked Xaverian's field goal, keeping it to a two-score game.
- This game is turning for the worse for Everett. Their quarterback just fumbled, practically giving up a score, then they just fumbled the kickoff, giving Xaverian the ball back. This could be a long day for the Crimson Tide.
- Kevin Ihlefeld forced a fumble on Everett quarterback Jonathan DiBiaso. Xaverian scored immediately following the play on a 9-yard run by Matt Tuleja at the 9:33 mark. They didn't convert the extra point. 13-0, Xaverian.
- Swing pass from Alex Phelan to Joe Colton for a 24-yard touchdown. Xaverian goes up 7-0 as the Hawks convert the extra point at the 9: 54 mark.
- We're ending the first period with no score as Xaverian and Everett go at it. We've already seen one turnover from Everett but both teams seem to be adjusting to the field conditions. This could put a hamper in Xaverian's offense, which has about argue has a six-to-four pass-to-run ratio.
- So we've been teased all day about the snow, well it's really snowing now. This is actually probably better for both teams so they know what they're dealing with for the rest of the night.
- Everett just turned over the ball at the 3:49 mark. It was a fumble by Jean Bourdeau, with Xaverian's Mike Hyatt recovering.
- Xaverian's Joe Colton is zoned in. He just ran over an Everett defensive back and his Hawks are driving down field. Game on!
Here's the game capsule (copied from here):
FACTS AND FIGURES
■Xaverian coach: Charlie Stevenson, 17th season (143-44-1).
■Xaverian points scored/game: 28.6 ppg.
■Xaverian points allowed/game: 12.6 ppg.
■Xaverian’s biggest lineman: Cam Colwell (6-5, 282 pounds).
■Xaverian’s stat men: Alex Phelan and Joe Colton have been a special tandem. Phelan has 21 touchdowns (13 passing) and Colton has 19 TDs.
■Xaverian captains: Cal Cuff, E/LB; Alex Phelan, QB; Mike Hyatt, E/LB; Cam Colwell, OL/DL.
■Xaverian seniors on roster: 18.
■Last Xaverian Super Bowl appearance: 2005; lost, 14-7, to Brockton.
■Everett coach: John DiBiaso, 28th season (225-62-1).
■Everett points scored/game: 22.1 ppg.
■Everett points allowed/game: 13.4 ppg.
■Everett’s biggest lineman: Jainyme DaSilveira (6-2, 270 pounds).
■Everett’s stat man: Jonathan DiBiaso, the coach’s son, has improved in his second season, tossing 14 touchdown passes.
■Everett captains: Jean Bourdeau, RB/DB; Rodman Noel, E/DB; Andrew Bowman, RB/LB; Sherwood Jonathas, LB; Mike LaRochelle, OL/LB.
■Everett seniors on roster: 16.
■Last Everett Super Bowl appearance: 2007; beat Dartmouth, 36-28, in overtime.
This is the second meeting between the teams. Xaverian and Everett met Oct. 17, Xaverian claiming a 19-13 victory. The Hawks’ offensive line play has been crucial to their success, with Cam Colwell and Jack Dustin paving the way for Joe Colton. Xaverian batters opposing defenses with its relentless rushing attack. Everett is coming off an upset of Billerica. The Tide have a suffocating defense. Their offense has been inconsistent but seems to be rounding into form at the right time. Manny Asprilla is a potent weapon for the Tide. He has a knack for breaking big runs.
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