Everett takes to the air to beat St. John’s Prep
FOXBOROUGH Everett's methods were different, but the result was the same.
The top-ranked Crimson Tide won the Division 1 Super Bowl at Gillette Stadium last night over No. 8 St. John's Prep, 31-7, on the back of one of the most lethal passing attacks in state history. It is a far cry from the previous 24 championships Everett had won with run-dominated offenses.
''We did this for no other reason other than it was the best offense for this team at this time,'' said coach John DiBiaso. ''It happened to have my son at quarterback. It's too bad for the critics. It worked and we won.''
His son, Jonathan DiBiaso, is the single-season record holder for touchdown passes (43) record holder and one-half of the glue of Everett's aerial barrage along with Matt Costello, the recently-dubbed Gatorade Massachusetts Football Player of the Year. Matt Costello. The two highlighted top-ranked Everett's victory; Costello hauled in 11 catches for 145 yards and three touchdowns and , while DiBiaso connected on 16 of 21 passes for 248 yards and three scoring strikes.
''Offensively I think it's the best (Everett team),'' said Jonathan DiBiaso. ''It's very different. We did the most we could to prove ourselves as the best.''
Everett (12-0) laid claim to its first lead early in the second quarter, wrapping up a 13-play drive with Manny Asprilla's 3-yard dive into the end zone to break a 7-7 tie. The Tide converted on two third-down attempts, the last a 13-yard pass from DiBiaso to Jakarrie Washington to wipe out a third and-13.
''We didn't come here to get here, we came here to win,'' said Asprilla, who had 162 total yards and will play at Boston College next fall.
After Everett's Chris McCarthy dragged down Prep (8-5) quarterback Tom Gaudet on a fourth and 3 near midfield, Everett embarked on another scoring drive before the half ended. Once again, Everett excelled in situational football, converting on a fourth and inches at the 25 to sustain the drive. Four plays later, DiBiaso found Costello on the edge of the end zone for a 10-yard touchdown. One of Gilly DeSouza's four extra points gave the Tide a 21-7 lead with 46 seconds left in the second.
DeSouza's next kick lacked drama or style, but his 21-yard field goal on Everett's first drive of the second half all but clinched the game for the Tide against Prep's slow-moving offense.
''We either moved the chains or we didn't move the chains, it's as simple as that, said St. John's Prep coach Jim O'Leary.
Everett ended its scoring the same way it started it, with DiBiaso finding a wide-open Costello for long gains in the end zone.
The first a 29-yarder capped an 86-yard drive for Tide. A 36-yard pass-and-catch with under eight minutes remaining in the game iced Everett's Super Bowl cake.
A 36-yard pass-and-catch with under eight minutes remaining in the game capped an 86-yard drive for the Tide and iced Everett's Super Bowl cake.
''(Sophomore Kenny) came in (for injured running back Vondell Langston) and he became a threat, said Jonathan DiBiaso. Those were play-action fakes, all the (defense) stopped, froze because he was having 10-15 yard runs.
Both teams suffered slight a bit of identity crises as they swapped opening series.
Everett played a bit conservatively, calling four rushes in its first six plays, the last of which resulted in a fumbled handoff that Prep lineman Ryan Delisle recovered in Tide territory.
The turnover resulted in a one-play, 48-yard touchdown drive for the usually methodical Eagles. Tyler Coppola burst bursted through a mess of players and raced to the end zone to give Prep an early lead.
Coppola capped an incredible season with 151 yards on 22 carries, but was held to the one score by a bend-but-not-break defensive line that was playing without injured captain Shaq Taylor.