|Everett's Jonathan DiBiaso threw for six touchdowns in a 41-14 win victory over Medford to set the state mark for career TD passes. (Matthew J. Lee / Globe Staff)|
DiBiaso gets record in rout
EVERETT - The all-time career passing touchdown record is all his, and now Jonathan DiBiaso and the Crimson Tide can return their focus - if it ever was deflected - on two words: Super Bowl.
Everett routed Medford, 41-14, last night to open their Greater Boston League schedule, with DiBiaso, the Crimson Tide quarterback, throwing six touchdown passes to break former Brockton quarterback Tom Colombo’s state record of 85 TD passes.
“I have been very fortunate to have the players that I’ve had around me,’’ said an emotional DiBiaso, who finished the night with 88 career TDs. “From the line to the number of talented receivers I’ve had by my side, I could have never done this without any of them.’’
DiBiaso entered the game three shy of Colombo’s mark. It didn’t take long to catch him.
After throwing three TD passes on Everett’s first three possessions to tie the record, Everett was at its 45 with the first quarter winding down. One snap later, DiBiaso found receiver Jaylen McRae streaking down the right sideline for a 55-yard connection that made history with 41 seconds left in the quarter.
DiBiaso stood alone with 86 career touchdown passes.
“It was a fade pattern and we had a post pattern in the slot to pull the safety,’’ said McRae. “Once he made the read and threw it my way I knew I was going to get it. He’s not only my quarterback but our quarterback. We prepare and work in any condition to make each other better. We’re proud of his accomplishments.’’
“He was nervous all day,’’ said coach and father John DiBiaso. “As Jaylen stepped into the end zone my eyes got a bit wet.
“The Colombos were a great pairing, quarterback and coach, and we’re fortunate to be uttered in the same sentence.’’
The record-breaking touchdown pushed the score to 27-0 and the rout was on for the top-ranked Crimson Tide (8-0).
It took three plays and just under three minutes for DiBiaso to tally his first two TDs.
On the first Crimson Tide play from scrimmage, DiBiaso found Vondell Langston, whose individual effort, breaking three tackles, got him into the end zone. The subsequent Everett possession began at the Medford 9-yard line after an errant punt by the Mustangs (1-6). On the second play of the drive DiBiaso connected with Kenny Calaj for the score.
Jakarrie Washington hauled in a DiBiaso pass to tie Colombo’s mark on the next possession.
“It’s definitely a special moment,’’ said John DiBiaso. “It’s great that he did it and now we can get it out of the way. This wasn’t our team goal, to get Jonathan the record, we want to play five more games.’’
DiBiaso threw two more touchdowns in the first half to give the Crimson Tide a 41-0 lead at the break. The southpaw quarterback finished 9 for 12 for 189 yards and six touchdowns.
“My goal growing up around this program was to win as many championships as I can,’’ said DiBiaso, who has one to his credit. “I never thought I’d throw this many touchdowns, but that doesn’t matter compared to what I really want. I want another championship.’’
Medford finally got on the scoreboard in the fourth quarter when Jeff Fargo and Rudy Louis ran for touchdowns.