FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- After slicing through the St. John’s Prep defense Saturday in Everett’s Eastern Mass. Division 1 championship swan song, junior quarterback Jonathan DiBiaso turned his guns toward the MIAA.
“It’s very sickening that the MIAA is going to move us down to Division 1A next year,” DiBiaso said after completing 16-of-21 passes for 248 yards and three touchdowns in Everett’s 31-7 victory.
It marked the Crimson Tide’s eighth title in its 12th appearance in the Super Bowl era, but it will be their last for the foreseeable future with a move down a division looming in 2011.
“We win by 4 TDs, could’ve been more this game and they move us down? That’s not heard of,” DiBiaso said. “… I think it’s a joke. I’m very upset because I want to be the best. And to be the best, you have to beat the best. We played the Catholic Conference in the regular season so we’re going to be able to prove ourselves there, but we’re not going to be able to prove ourselves against Merrimack Valley or Brockton.
“So overall, it’s sad that MIAA would do that to us in my senior year and these kids that have worked hard for three years in my class. There are a lot of good teams still in Division 1A, and we’re going do what we can to win.”
For the moment, however, Everett’s dominant victory in a season of them is something to celebrate. The Crimson Tide sped past the bigger Eagles, with Gatorade state Player of the Year Matt Costello expectedly providing another magnificent performance (11 catches, 145 yards, three touchdowns) and Manny Asprilla (78 rushing yards, 84 receiving) supplying the back-breaking plays across the middle.
Everett coach John DiBiaso Jr., didn’t want to touch the subject of the Crimson Tide’s impending move, saying “that’s for higher-ups other than myself to decide.”
But after losing here in last year’s Super Bowl, he was more than happy to wax about his team, owner of the state’s most prolific offense and most successful quarterback.
“Who’s that?” the coach deadpanned. “Oh, he’s a pain in the (butt).”
And he couldn’t be prouder.
“This one was especially gratifying because my son was on the team, and my son grew up on the sidelines and this was his time to be here,” DiBiaso said. “And I wanted to make sure for him and the boys he grew up with and that I’ve had since Pop Warner that they finished with a victory. They had a bad taste last year and I didn’t want that to be their last thoughts.”
Now, they get to think about where they stand against the other champions in Everett’s recent lore, including the 2003 squad, a powerhouse and third of four straight champions, or 2007, its last Super Bowl titlist.
Costello put this year’s version in third or fourth. Jonathan DiBiaso, who set a state record for touchdown passes in a season, said it’s the best offensively.
“(And) defensively, I think it’s one of the fastest,” he said. “It’s a lot different (than past Everett teams, most of which defined themselves by the run). We did the most we could to prove ourselves as the best.”
Asprilla wouldn’t go that far either.
“But we had the most heart,” he said. “We were the smallest, everybody doubted us. Nobody thought we were going to win any games, nobody thought we were going to make it out of the GBL. But we made it out, went undefeated and won a Super Bowl.”
Phil Perry contributed to this report.