Everett pushes forth
Xaverian is finally run down in final quarter
EVERETT - Senior running back Vondell Langston scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter as Everett beat Xaverian, 42-21, yesterday, holding off the No. 4-ranked Hawks’ threat of dealing the No. 1-ranked Crimson Tide their first loss in two seasons.
“The offensive line was opening the hole and the wide receivers gave good blocking,’’ said Langston, who had 50 yards in thew fourth quarter and finished with 203 yards on 15 carries. “As the game went on, [Xaverian] got tired and we got stronger and just took over.’’
Everett (6-0) carried a 21-14 lead into the fourth quarter, but expanded it quickly when Langston ran for a 13-yard score with 9:43 remaining.
The Hawks (4-2) answered on the next drive when junior Austin DeCarr (14 for 27, 219 yards, INT) hit senior Mike Warren for a 19-yard score to again pull within a touchdown, 28-21.
Langston scored on a 20-yard run on the next drive, and after Xaverian was forced to punt, Everett quarterback Jonathan DiBiaso ran for a 39-yard touchdown.
DiBiaso threw for 311 yards with two touchdowns to bring his career total to 81.
“I wasn’t zipping the ball and I was putting some air on it,’’ said DiBiaso, who also had two interceptions. “My coaches pulled us and the wide receivers aside and said I was going to have to zip it in to get it through the wind. When we started going, it’s tough to stop us. We’re a high tempo team.’’
Xaverian’s defensive line gave Everett trouble in the first quarter, holding the Crimson Tide scoreless. The Hawks got on the board first in the second quarter when DeCarr hit junior D.J. Pagliuca for a 25-yard score with 6:42 left in the first half.
But the Hawks’ lead didn’t last long. Junior wide receiver Kenny Calaj ran for a 10-yard score, then caught a 40-yard touchdown pass on Everett’s next drive to help the Tide take a 14-7 first-half lead.
“The wind was gusting - we were a little worried in the beginning because we’re a spread team and it did, but we made some adjustments,’’ said Everett coach John DiBiaso. “The up-tempo, hurry-up in the second half gassed them. We noticed that the pass rush died down and they started to drop a lot of guys into zones so the draw play worked.’’
The teams traded touchdowns in the third quarter. Everett struck first with a 20-yard pass from DiBiaso to junior Jalen Felix, and DeCarr answered with a 61-yard pass to senior Chris Calvanese.
Felix turned in a career-best 10 catches for 145 yards.
“We have five great athletes with the running backs and the wide receivers,’’ Jonathan DiBiaso said. “We can hit [opponents] at any point. Felix played great, and when [Langston] hits you, he’s a beast.’’
Everett, which racked up 565 yards on offense, will need another complete performance when it hosts No. 3 BC High (4-2) Saturday.