EVERETT, Mass. -- Even when they are not all the way tuned up, No. 1 Everett is an efficient piece of machinery. Despite overthrown passes, dropped passes, onside kicks bouncing off of players and giving up over 100 yards, the Crimson Tide still pulled out a 42-13 win over the visiting Springfield Central Golden Eagles.
Midway through the third quarter, the Golden Eagles (0-2) put together a three-minute, 56-yard drive, including five straight running plays to senior fullback Sacoy Malone (29 rushes, 100 yards, TD). After Springfield Central scored though, Kenny Calaj took Darryl Williams' kickoff from his own 82 across the big white "E" in the middle of Memorial Stadium and straight to the house.
Although Central came out in the second half with an onside kick, and got the ball back, it was not intentional and did not lead to any points.
"That was not planned, that just happened," said Springfield Central coach Valdamar Brower. "I don't know what happened, but we are trying to find a kicker."
Brower's team did not give in, although they went three and out on what could have been a game changing series. Everett scored two more times in the third quarter, took out their starting quarterback Jonathan DiBiaso (12-26, 211 yards, 4 TD passes) before the Golden Eagles were able to score again in the fourth.
"If something bad happens, we'll just play the next play," said Brower of the philosophy that he is working to instill in his young team. "We want them to keep fighting no matter what. As coaches, we are looking for maximum effort every play of every game."
Run Defense Solid: "Defensively we came looking to stop the run," said Everett fullback Vondell Langston (four carries, 31 yards). The run that Everett was looking to stop was that of Malone, who still ended up with 100 yards on 29 carries.
"He is a good back," said Everett coach John DiBiaso.
Despite keeping Springfield Central's leading scorer out of the end zone until the fourth quarter, DiBiaso still thinks that the defense has a way to go before he is satisfied.
"Maybe I'm a perfectionist, there is still room for improvement," he said. "I want us to be our best at the end of the year. I don't think that we have reached our full potential and I think that we've got a lot further to go."
As for his own running, Langston made initial contact with some of his tacklers and other defenders that he let taste the turf at Everett Memorial Stadium. While he gets pumped up for the game, he attributes the ability to gain more than seven yards a carry to his offseason workout.
"Offseason is where you put that work in and during the game you just get into that zone," Langston said. "I want to make every touchdown, I want to make every play, so I use that hope to fuel me."
Passing game in synch? Although Jonathan DiBiaso threw for over 200 yards, he is pitching to a new corps of receivers and there were a number of dropped and/or overthrown passes. Although coach DiBiaso is not celebrating the yards lost, he is being patient with his "new" team and expects for the efficiency to improve as Jonathan and his receivers become more in sync.
"We're breaking in a few new guys and everything that we do on offense is timing," the elder DiBiaso said. "Until we get that timing down pact, we will continue to get better and better every week. The guys from last year had two years of experience with Jonathan. I think that once we hit full stride people are going to say, 'Wow!'".
Part-time to full-time: Springfield Central has a starting sophomore quarterback in Cody Williams, and according to Coach Brower, he is in that spot to stay full time.
"For the preseason, 50 percent of the reps go to Williams, 50 percent go to [Tyler Dowd], so we're trying to get the chemistry going in terms of rolling out, receivers running routes and getting used to one voice in the huddle," Brower said. "The consistent voice in the huddle is very important."
EVERETT 42, SPRINGFIELD CENTRAL 13
SPR (0-2) --- 0 7 0 6 --- 13
EVR (2-0) --- 7 21 14 0 --- 42
E - Vondell Langston 14 run (Gilly DeSouza kick)
E – Jakarrie Washington 23 run (DeSouza kick)
E - Jalen Felix 14 pass from Jonathan DiBiaso (DeSouza kick)
S – Richard Williams 4 pass from Cody Williams (Juwan Williams kick)
E - Kenny Calaj 82 kickoff return (DeSouza kick)
E - Calaj 7 pass from DiBiaso (DeSouza kick)
E - Jaylen McRae 36 pass from DiBiaso (DeSouza kick)
S - Sacoy Malone 1 run (kick failed)