EVERETT, Mass. -- In front of his family, friends, and a special group of kids holding placards in the stands to commemorate the moment, Everett High quarterback Jonathan DiBiaso did something he never dreamed of when he was a mere toddler hanging around the Crimson Tide football program.
DiBiaso entered last night’s Greater Boston League affair with Medford needing four touchdown passes to break the Massachusetts record of 85, held by former Brockton star Tommy Colombo. He collected all four in the first quarter, with the record-setting score coming on a 55-yard touchdown pass to a streaking Jaylen McRae down the right sideline.
DiBiaso completed 9-of-12 passes for 209 yards and threw six touchdown passes in all to five different receivers as top-ranked Everett (8-0) bested the Mustangs, 41-14, Friday night at Everett Stadium.
“Definitely it was an emotional moment,” DiBiaso said following the game. “Definitely playing for Everett, playing here in front of all my friends and family and the community, it was a special moment. We played well, we got the win, and its been a great night.”
Both his father and Everett head coach John DiBiaso and quarterbacks coach Joe Lento noted that they sensed some nervousness in the senior in the lead-up to the game.
The 6-1, 195 southpaw appeared to have shaken off any apprehension he was feeling when the game started, however, as he fired his first scoring strike, 36-yarder to Vondell Langston, on Everett’s first play on offense.
He added a 9-yard touchdown pass to Kenny Calaj on the Tide’s third play from scrimmage, then tied Colombo’s record with an 8-yarder to Jakarrie Washington.
On the record breaker, McRae simply flew past his man and DiBiaso lobbed a perfect pass down the right sideline and celebrated with his teammates after McRase crossed the goal line.
“That play we just try to have the inside guy run a post and Jaylen McRae ran a fade,” DiBiaso described. “They were playing man-two, two safeties over the top, and the safety went with Jalen Felix. (McRae) beat his guy, made a great catch and scored a touchdown.”
The game was halted for several minutes as Everett Superintendent of Schools Frederick Foresteire presented DiBiaso with a gold-painted football to commemorate hi accomplishment. The two posed for pictures with members of the DiBiaso family, including his parents, John and Maureen.
When play resumed, DiBiaso hit both Calaj and Felix for 29-yrd TD passes and the Tide starters headed for the bench after building a 41-0 lead with 5:45 remaining in the first half.
“It was one of those moments where you make eye contact and a tear comes to your eye,” said Everett coach John DiBiaso when asked for his reaction to his son’s moment. “I knew before the game he was really nervous in the warmups and all day he was on edge. But then when he came down and the national anthem, I looked over at him. We both pray during the national anthem and he was really watery eyed. You could tell it was a special night.”
“It went about 55 yards in the air and hit him in stride,” the elder DiBiaso continued. “I said to him that’s a nice one we can put on video for your record breaker. Again, its a special record. The Colombos’, they are synonymous with high school football in Massachusetts, the dad and the son, and to break that is very special.”
Added Lento, “He put in all the work. Its all a credit to him. Its all a credit to him studying the game film and getting himself better every day as a football player. He deserves this. In the middle of the game its not my thing to go up and celebrate but after the game we shared a little moment where we talked about all the hard work that he’s had and about how going forward we’ve got our eyes on bigger, better things than this.”
EVERETT 41, MEDFORD 14
MED (1-6) 0 0 0 14 --- 14
EVR (8-0) 27 14 0 0 --- 41
E - Vondell Langston 36 pass from Jonathan DiBiaso (Gilly DeSouza kick)
E - Kenny Calaj 9 pass from DiBiaso (DeSouza kick)
E - Jakarrie Washington 8 pass from DiBiaso (DeSouza kick)
E - Jaylen McRae 55 pass from DiBiaso (kick failed)
E - Calaj 29 pass from DiBiaso (DeSouza kick)
E - Jalen Felix 29 pass from DiBiaso (DeSouza kick)
M - Jeff Fargo 2 run (rush failed)
M - #40 23 run, (#36 rush)