WALTHAM -- Jackarrie Washington’s interception late in the fourth quarter locked up the Division 1A championship for Everett. The Crimson Tide took down their final challenger Lincoln-Sudbury 36-13 at Bentley University last night for their second straight Super Bowl win.
"This year, it's a little harder when you have a bull's-eye on your back," said head coach John DiBiaso. "The expectations were through the roof and the kids met every challenge along the way. Every obstacle we faced, we overcame."
Everett received the ball to open the game but couldn’t go the distance. Lincoln-Sudbury’s defense came ready to play, delivering a sack to quarterback Jonathan DiBiaso (11 of 20 for 96 yards) and forcing the Crimson Tide to punt on their fist drive.
On their second possession, Everett took the ball 98 yards in just 1:15 for their first touchdown. Pinned at their own 2-yard line, DiBiaso found a seam around the left side for a 26-yard run. On the next play, Everett running back Vondell Langston went 62 yards to the 12-yard line. Despite a 5-yard penalty, the Crimson Tide completed the scoring drive on a 1-yard carry up the middle by DiBiaso.
Everett’s defense forced the Warriors to punt again beginning their next scoring drive on their own 44-tard line. Everett covered the 56 yards on nine plays to go up 14-0 in the second quarter. Langston had a 2-yard carry for the touchdown.
Lincoln-Sudbury struck back, scoring on an interception on Everett’s next drive. A low pass, intended for Washington was deflected right into the hands of sophomore Connor Young took it 61 yards for the Warrior’s first touchdown.
Everett’s Jalen Felix blocked the point after attempt then followed it up with a 57-yard kick return to the Warrior’s 26-yard line.
A late hit by the L-S defense on DiBiaso put the Tide at the 12-yard line. Felix added a 5-yard carry and eventually finished what he started with a 1-yard touchdown run to put his team up 21-6 before halftime.
L-S stumped Evertt in the third quarter. They reached the endzone for the seond and last time to close the gap to 21-13. Quarterback Matt Cahill capped a 64-yard drive on a 14-yard pass to tight end Jack Harris as time expired on the clock.
But the fourth quarter was all Crimson. On the third snap, Washington broke 63 yards down the right sideline, dropping defender Henry Guild at the 10-yard line on with a quick stutter step before running it in for the touchdown. Joey White punched in the 2-point conversion and Everett went up 29-13.
After Everett recovered a fumbled punt on the Warrior’s 20-yard line, DiBiaso sealed the win with a 5-yard touchdown run. The books have closed on DiBiaso’s record-breaking season. His 44 touchdown passes broke his own single season record of 43 from last year. He ends his career with a phenomenal 103 career passes.
"I'm very proud of him," said center Nick Stanfield who snapped the ball to DiBiaso all season long. "I've known him since I was seven years old. I've played football with him pretty much all of my life."
The team gathered at midfield after the game for a team prayer. It was an emotional ending to Everett's season.
"I couldn't be prouder and I couldn't be happier for a group of kids than I am of these kids right now," said John DiBiaso.
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