DiBiaso, Everett close (record) book
WALTHAM - Jakarrie Washington’s interception late in the fourth quarter locked up the Division 1A championship for Everett.
The 13-0 Crimson Tide took down their final challenger, Lincoln-Sudbury, 36-13, at Bentley University last night for their second straight Super Bowl title and their 25th straight victory.
“This year it’s a little harder when you have a bull’s eye on your back,’’ coach John DiBiaso said. “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 Lincoln-Sudbury sacked Jonathan DiBiaso (11 of 20 for 96 yards) and forced the Crimson Tide to punt on their fist drive.
On its second possession, Everett went 98 yards in just 1 minute and 15 seconds for its first touchdown. Pinned at their own 2-yard line, DiBiaso hit a seam around the left side and ran for 26 yards. On the next play, Vondell Langston went 62 yards to the 12-yard line. The Crimson Tide completed the scoring drive on a 1-yard carry up the middle by DiBiaso.
After a Lincoln-Sudbury punt, Everett covered 56 yards in nine plays to go up 14-0 in the second quarter on Langston’s 2-yard carry.
Lincoln-Sudbury (11-2) struck back, scoring on an interception. A low pass intended for Washington was deflected into the hands of sophomore Connor Young, who took it 61 yards for the Warriors’ first touchdown.
Everett’s Jalen Felix blocked the point-after attempt, then had a 57-yard kickoff return to the Warriors’ 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 finished what he started with a 1-yard touchdown run to put Everett up, 21-6, at halftime.
Lincoln-Sudbury got back in the game in the third quarter. Quarterback Matt Cahill capped a 64-yard drive with a 14-yard pass to tight end Jack Harris to cut the deficit to 21-13.
But the fourth quarter was all Crimson Tide. On the third snap, Washington broke 63 yards down the right sideline for a TD. Joey White punched in the 2-point conversion and Everett went up, 29-13.
After Everett recovered a fumbled punt on the Warriors’ 20, DiBiaso ran it in from 5 yards.
The books have closed on DiBiaso’s record-breaking season. His 44 touchdown passes broke his season record of 43 from last year, although he didn’t have a touchdown pass in his final game. Not that Everett needed it.
“I’m very proud of him,’’ center Nick Stanfield said. “I’ve known him since I was 7 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.