There were plenty of story lines last night in the Eastern Massachusetts high school football playoffs. One was the record-breaking performance of Everett's junior quarterback. We also learned to not underestimate six-loss teams like Beverly, and the fact that the margin of victory between winners and losers is not a case of parity gone wrong. Let's just say playing on Tuesdays is rough.DiBiaso's record night Everett quarterback Jonathan DiBiaso passed for his 39th and 40th touchdowns last night, breaking a state record for passing touchdowns in a season. He bested Swampscott's Kyle Beatrice's output in 2002 of 39.
Here's how the list looks now:
- Jonathan DiBiaso, Everett - 40
- Kyle Beatrice, Swampscott, 2002 - 39
- Ricky Santos, Bellingham, 2002 - 35
- Kyle Beatirice, Swampscott, 2001 - 34
- D.J. Crook, Barnstable, 2010 - 33
- Greg Warren, Westwood, 1988 - 32
- Tom Colombo, Brockton, 1984 - 31
- Vincent Orlando, Manchester, 2003, 30
- David St. Pierre, North Shore, 2009 - 30
(You can see video of Everett's victory below.)
Parity is not really the case
There were six shutouts last night. Count 'em. Six. Everett, Gloucester, Mansfield, Somerset, Shawsheen and Northeast all shut out their playoff opponents in what can be considered one of the most lopsided semifinals in recent memory. This year, winning teams outscored their opponents 439 to 129. The average margin of victory was 20.3 points. Yesterday's largest margin? Northeast's 42-0 shutout of Pope John. Smallest? Reading's come-from-behind 15-14 win over Dracut.
Last year, the average margin of victory was 12.8. Winning teams outscored their opponents 367 to 188.
Beverly's surprising run
Thanksgiving was a disappointment, but the playoffs have already erased that. Beverly (6-6) was the only team in the playoffs with a losing record going into their game against Scituate. They lost their Thanksgiving matchup against Salem 12-7 after a five-game winning streak. Only after opening the season 0-5.
"No one thought we were going to win this game," junior Mark Giles told the Globe last night. "No one thought we were going to do anything, 0 and 5."
But with an emphasis on never giving up, playing a tough schedule and winning its league, Beverly is primed for a title shot. It's still going to be tough though, playing undefeated Somerset in the Division 3 Super Bowl at Gillette. This marks the first year in 22 years that Beverly has made the playoffs.
You want video, you've got video. Here are the highlights from the games our producers were at last night:
- Mansfield dominates Walpole in 28-0 win
- Duxbury reaches 2A final with 19-7 win over D-Y
- Holliston defeats Rockland
- Shawsheen advances with 21-0 win over MP
(For all high school sports video, go to http://www.boston.com/sports/schools/video.)
Super Bowl Schedule
At Gillette Stadium
9:00 a.m. - Division 3A, Cardinal Spellman v. Holliston; TV/Radio: Comcast Sportsnet, 98.5-FM
11:00 a.m. - Division 3, Beverly v. Somerset; TV/Radio: Comcast Sportsnet, 98.5-FM
1:30 p.m. - Division 2A, Duxbury v. Concord-Carlisle; TV/Radio: Comcast Sportsnet, 98.5-FM
3:30 p.m. - Division 2, Mansfield v. Reading; TV/Radio: WSBK TV 38, 98.5-FM
6:00 p.m. - Division 1, St. John's Prep v. Everett; TV/Radio: WSBK TV 38, 98.5-FM
8:00 p.m. - Division 1A, Bridgewater-Raynham v. Gloucester; TV/Radio: WSBK TV 38, 98.5-FM
At Curry College
10:00 a.m. - Division 4, Blue Hills v. Shawsheen
1:00 p.m. - Division 4A, Brighton v. Northeast
Expect our Huddle preview of the Super Bowls tomorrow.
Several reporters and editors contribute updates, news and analysis to the High School Sports Blog.
- Bob Holmes: A Reading resident (Go Rockets!) and Boston College graduate, Holmes is the Boston Globe High School Sports Editor. We remind you now that his weekly picks are often made in jest so everyone just calm down when he picks against Everett for 11 straight weeks. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @GlobeHolmes.
- Craig Larson: A native of West Springfield (Leo Durocher anyone? Tim Daggett?) and Curry College graduate (a proud Colonel!), Larson is the sports editor for the Globe's regional sections: South, West and North, as well as a frequent contributor on the college beat. Abington to Xaverian: it all starts with the schools. Have a compelling story idea? Contact him at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @GlobeLars.
- Zuri Berry: Berry attended the same high school as sports legends O.J. Simpson and Joe DiMaggio. (Guess which one is his hero.) He's a South Boston resident (formerly of Eastie) and the editor of the High School Sports blog as well as the go-to-guy for everything high school sports on Boston.com. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @GlobeSchools for all of the latest updates.
Then there are our fall correspondents:
- Anthony Gulizia | @gulizia_a | Div. 1 football
- Eric Russo | @erusso22 | Div. 2 football
- Stephen Sellner | @stephen_sellner | Div. 3 football
- Andrew MacDougall | @Andy_MacDougall | Div. 4 football
- Greg Joyce | @GJoyce9 | Div. 5 football
- Lorenzo Recupero | @LorenzoRecupero | Div. 6 football
- Liz Torres | @etorres446 | Girls volleyball
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