Boston High School: Gilly DeSouza

Recap: No. 1 Everett 35, No. 3 BC High 21

October, 23, 2011
10/23/11
1:12
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EVERETT, Mass. –- It’s always a numbers game against No. 1 Everett’s offense.

Stack the box and Jonathan DiBiaso will pick apart a secondary. Slip too many people into coverage and Vondell Langston is equally adept at gashing a defense.

Either way, there’s no simple solution and, as the Crimson Tide showed in their 35-21 win over No. 3 BC High on Saturday afternoon, maybe there’s simply too much to stop.

“We know that if they play one side, they’re bound to leave the other side open,” Crimson Tide wide receiver Jalen Felix said. “So I feel as though they can’t cover all of us.

“There’s 11 men on both sides, but they can’t cover all of us.”

Everett (7-0) played the role of aggressor from the game’s onset recovering an onside kick to start the game. Five plays later, the Crimson Tide had an instant 7-0 lead with Vondell Langston’s first of two rushing scores. Along with two rushing touchdowns by quarterback Jonathan DiBiaso, Everett took a 28-14 lead to the half.

It didn’t matter much how they drew it up, the Crimson Tide kept the Eagles (4-3) guessing. Langston turned in his second straight game going over 100 yards (20 carries, 102 yards) while DiBiaso settled into a groove with the passing game (14 of 28, 252 yards, TD) and creating additional offense with his 52 rushing yards.

"If there's five guys in the box, we run,” Everett head coach John DiBiaso said. “If there's seven, we pass. The whole first half, I think there was five in the box. So that means that we've got five blockers on five defenders, so we're going to run the ball and we did. Second half, they came out with six.”

After moving the BC High defenders up into the box, that gave DiBiaso the space to continue his assault on the state’s career touchdown record. The left-handed signal-caller is now three off of Tommy Colombo’s record after a 64-yard connection with Jaylen McRae in the third quarter.

Still, the Eagles were not without their own offensive highlights. Eagles quarterback Bartley Regan also dialed up two touchdown connections of greater than 60 yards with a 72-yard hitch-and-go to Lincoln Collins and a 60-yard bomb caught in stride by Yosa Nosamiefan.

In addition, running back Preston Cooper, the reigning Catholic Conference MVP, was elusive again with 15 carries for 161 yards including a dazzling 58-yard touchdown run in the third.

However, Cooper likely played in his last high school game after suffering a dislocated ankle with less than a minute to play in the third quarter. On the drive following his touchdown run, Cooper was cut down on a tackle in between the hash marks. An audible cry for help underlined the severity of the injury.

"It's a big loss losing Preston," Eagles head coach Jon Bartlett said. "He's one of the top players in the state, if not the top running back in the state."

A STAR IS BORN?
The talent Everett enjoyed with receiving duo of Manny Asprilla and Matt Costello last season is about as common a find as Haley’s comet, but the Crimson Tide have plenty of horses in the stable this year with juniors Kenny Calaj, Jakarrie Washington and Jalen Felix.

Felix’s play was downright electric on the second quarter drive that resulted in DiBiaso’s second rushing touchdown. The 6-foot, 180-pounder added 57 receiving yards on two of the most amazing catches you’ll ever encounter.

The highlight was Felix’s 18-yard reception to set Everett up with a first goal at the BC High 4-yard line. On the play, Felix lost his balance and was hurdling toward the turf with tight coverage provided by the Eagles’ corner. No problem. Felix simply made a one-handed grab with his back to the ground with the defender in his back pocket.

“I just slipped,” Felix said. “I was just thinking, I have to catch this ball.”

Felix acknowledged that no one player, even in the talented cache of weapons DiBiaso has at his fingertips, is greater than the sum of the whole.

“If I make a good play, it’s because of my teammates,” Felix said. “It’s not because of me., it’s because they did their jobs that I had the opportunity to do mine and vice versa.”

Even their coach was in awe.

“I think you saw some of the finest plays you’ll ever see in a high school football game today,” DiBiaso added.

… WITH THAT SAID
The Eagles actually did a fair job of slowing down the Tide in pass coverage. Gordon McLeod came away with an interception while Nosamiefan and Deontae Ramey-Doe each had two passes defensed.

BC High also had spurts of pressure put on DiBiaso with a Jameson McShea tallying a sack and Luke Catarius single-handedly blowing up a couple of running plays in the backfield.

It just wasn’t quite enough to hold in the end.

“Our DBs played well,” Bartlett said. “We challenged them and they rose to the occasion.”

MOMENTUM SHIFTS
You could practically hard a pin drop when Cooper went to the turf following his grizzly injury (save for some nimrods who celebrated the injury in an utterly tasteless and classless display from the sideline). But more than Cooper’s absence, the play provided yet another negative shift of momentum for the Eagles.

“There were a few plays that we hurt ourselves,” Bartlett said. “I give a lot of credit to Everett and they’re a good team, but there were a number of times where we shot ourselves in the foot.”

There were interceptions by Felix and corner Gilly DeSouza, in addition to a fumble recovery by DeSouza. There were also a pair of roughing the kicker penalties, which extended Everett drives in the second half.

It all left the Eagles asking what if?

HIGH PRAISE
DiBiaso said he was sickened by the injury to Cooper and the reaction of a few in attendance. He also laid heavy praise on the wounded Eagle, comparing Cooper to some of the Crimson Tide’s best.

“We’ve had guys like Isaac Johnson and Diamond Ferri in the past, he’s right up there with those guys.

“They were just trying to let him pick his way. He’s a talented running back. If you overplay, he cuts it back. Then you think he’s going to cut back and he takes it out wide.”

BC High (4-3) 7 7 7 0 -- 21
Everett (7-0) 14 14 7 0 -- 35

1st quarter
E - Vondell Langston 12-yard run (Gilly DeSouza kick)
BC - Lincoln Collins 72-yard pass from Bartley Regan (Jackson Bockhurst kick)
E - Langston 3-yard run (DeSouza kick)

2nd quarter
E - Jonathan DiBiaso 2-yard run (DeSouza kick)
E - DiBiaso 4-yard run (Gilly DeSouza kick)
BC - Yosa Nosamiefan 60-yard pass from Regan (Bockhurst kick)

3rd quarter
BC - Preston Cooper 58-yard run (Bockhurst kick)
E - Jaylen McRae 64-yard pass from DiBiaso (Gilly DeSouza kick)

Recap: No. 1 Everett 35, Prep 0

September, 25, 2011
9/25/11
9:31
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DANVERS, Mass. -- No. 1 Everett posted their first shutout of the season Sunday in a 35-0 win over St. John’s Prep. Quarterback Jonathan DiBiaso threw for three touchdowns to three different receivers while kicker/defensive back Gilly DeSouza had two interceptions, both in the first half, the second for a pick six.

“St. John’s in a pretty good team,” Everett head coach John DiBiaso said. “I can’t be mad about 35 points against a good team like this.”

For the first score, DiBiaso (14-22, 186 yards) marched his team 72 yards down the field in 2:20. On first and goal from the 10, DiBiaso had trouble getting a grip on the ball as he dropped back, but got a hold of it and dumped it to Kenny Calaj who caught the ball and stepped left into the end zone.

Prep put on a five minute drive thereafter but was able to convert only one first down before punting the ball. After a failed long ball to Jakarrie Washington on the first play of the following Everett (3-0) series, DiBiaso hit Washington with a quick hitch to the left on the next play, which he in turn took to the house after receiving a sustained block from Calaj to make the score 13-0.

On the following St. John’s play, DeSouza got an interception after a Prep player tipped the ball and ran into the end zone only to be called out of bounds at the 21. Unable to punch it in, the score remained 14-0 until the 3-minute mark in the second quarter when DeSouza got his second interception for the day, again tipped from a Prep receiver, and took it past the plane for a score.

ONE TIME, TWO TIMES
DeSouza’s first interception was called back, so the touchdown that manifested out of second one played out in his head as the ball was tipped towards him.

“After first one when I got called out of bounds, when I got the second one, I had to go back to the house," DeSouza said. "It feels good to get the six because I get to play some more defensive back and wideout.”

BOWLING FOR LANGSTON
When a defender waited for Vondell Langston in the open field today, they got pancaked.

“When I got to them, I put my head down and tried to run them over. I’m not big with the fancy moves and all the jooking like Jonathan,” Langston said as he and the senior DiBiaso bumped shoulders outside of the team’s yellow bus.

Bowling over defender has become a regular for Langston.

“Vondell’s been working on that his whole career,” John DiBiaso said.

“That’s all I’ve been doing my whole life,” added Langston. “I don’t see any use in running away from people.”

GLIMMER OF HOPE
Alex Moore (19 carries, 45 yards) pounded the ball for the Eagles and kept them moving down the field. Off to a rough start (0-3), St. John’s Prep coach Jim O’Leary saw something promising today in the consistent positive gains from Moore.

“I think that comes from our offensive line getting better as we go along,” O’Leary said. “The score doesn’t show it, but we played better on the offensive line than we have the last two games.”

I'VE GOT YOUR BACK, WIDEOUT
Just after he scored a touchdown, Calaj made an important, textbook block on a defender to give Washington the room to get his score on. DiBiaso expects that his guys block for each other with no reservation.

“They absolutely have to help each other out and work for each other,” Coach DiBiaso said. “Kenny made a key block for Jakarrie and I’m sure Jakarrie would have done the same thing for Kenny. In fact, he did last week.”

E (3-0) 14 7 0 14 – 35
SJP (0-3) 0 0 0 0 – 0

First Quarter

E – Kenny Calaj 6 pass from Jonathan DiBiaso (Gilly DeSouza kick)
E – Jakarrie Washington 72 pass from DiBiaso (DeSouza kick)

Second Quarter
E – DeSouza 20 int. return (DeSouza kick)

Fourth Quarter
E – Calaj 64 run (DeSouza kick)
E – Jaylen McRae 35 pass from DiBiaso (DeSouza kick)

BABC: Mansfield topples No. 4 New Mission

December, 30, 2010
12/30/10
12:58
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CHELSEA, Mass. -- Mansfield's 20 points in the fourth quarter barely beat the 19 points tallied by No. 4 New Mission, but the Hornets picked up a 61-54 victory on Wednesday at the BABC Holiday Tournament.

Mansfield improves to 3-1 on the season, while the fourth-ranked Titans fall to 3-3.

A basket scored by the Hornets' senior Mike Lofton erased an early 5-5 tie, igniting a 11-2 rally that put Mansfield ahead of New Mission, 18-7, by the end of the first quarter.

Hornets freshman Kevin Connor scored three of the first six points in the second quarter, helping the Hornets to a 14-point cushion over New Mission. Trailing 25-13, the Titans' senior Darius Davis hit back-to-back shots from long range, bringing the Titans within eight points of Mansfield.

Finishing the quarter with seven points, Connor ended out the half with a pair of free throws, making the score 29-19.

Back-and-forth traffic in the third was halted by a 6-0 run by New Mission, which included four points scored by junior Leroy Hamilton. Mansfield outscored the Titans 6-4 to close out the quarter, making the score 41-35.

Despite New Mission coming within four points of the Hornets, 52-48, halfway through the fourth quarter, the game momentum stayed with Mansfield. The Hornets didn't look back, taking a 8-6 scoring advantage in the final minutes of regulation, securing its third win of the season.

Three of Mansfield's seniors finished the day in double figures, with Jeff Hill leading all scorers with 16 points, followed by Lofton with 15 and Leonard Richardson with 12 points.

Mansfield's head coach Mike Vaughn said, “[Hill] was good throughout the game; he is by far our effort leader on this team.”

“He hit some free throws, which really made a big difference in the end.”

New Mission's Davis ended the day with 14 points, while Leroy Hamilton recorded 12.

“I think both teams came out kind of sluggish, but we were able to make some plays down the stretch,” said Vaughn. “It was good to get out of here with a win.”

EVERETT ESCAPES
24 seconds.

An entire game of basketball all came down to the final 24 seconds for Everett as the Crimson Tide edged past Springfield's Putnam Vocational Technical High, 47-46.

“I'm really proud of these kids, it's been a different person [leading the team] every game,” said Everett head coach Bippy Manuel.

Everett started out with a quick 7-2 lead over the Beavers, including five points scored by by senior Andrew Brant. Putnam (3-4) was able to get within two points of the Crimson Tide, 10-8, but a 5-2 run to close out the quarter gave Everett a 15-10 lead.

The Crimson Tide defense held Putnam to just two points for the entire second quarter, while its offense was led by Brant with six points. A jump shot by sophomore Gilly DeSouza at the buzzer gave Everett a 28-12 lead at the break.

The halftime break was exactly what Putnam's offense needed, as the Beavers went a 7-0 run to open the third quarter, led by junior Jordan Almore with five points.

Putnam continued its offensive burst, cutting its deficit to two points, 34-32. A shot from beyond the arc by senior John Toledo gave the Beavers their first lead of the game, 35-34.

Everett was outscored 25-12 to end the third quarter, falling behind 37-36 lead.

Refusing to give up, the Crimson Tide quickly scored six points in the opening minutes of the four quarter to take 43-37 lead.

With two minutes remaining in the game, Putnam's seven point deficit was quickly erased by a 6-0 rally. A pair of shots from the free throw line by junior Melquan Pinkney brought the Beavers within one point, 47-46.

Everett answered back by stalling the Beavers' offensive attack in the final 24 seconds of the game, edging out a 47-46 victory.

Almore led all scorers with 17 points, while Brant finished with 16 points and Everett's senior Erno Deshommes tallied 14 points.

Costello leads charge to latest Everett SB

December, 4, 2010
12/04/10
11:20
PM ET



FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Every day this fall, when Matt Costello opened his football locker at Everett, staring him in the face was a newspaper clipping that reminded him of last season’s 29-0 Super Bowl loss to Xaverian.

“That was motivation for me all through the year,” said the senior receiver and Massachusetts Gatorade Player of the year. “The first thing we said after the game last year was that, ‘Next year, this isn’t going to happen again.’ ”

It didn’t. Costello reeled in 11 catches for 145 yards and three touchdowns to help the Tide beat St. John’s Prep, 31-7, in the Eastern Mass. Division 1 Super Bowl.

His performance gave him a record 23 touchdown receptions on the season and spearheaded an Everett attack that was just too fast for the Eagles.

The Tide’s spread offense more than doubled St. John’s Prep’s total yardage (422-201), while quarterback Jonathan DiBiaso (16-21, 248 yards) threw three touchdowns and spread the ball to four different receivers. Boston College-bound Manny Asprilla outran defenders for 162 total yards, and DiBiaso broke out of the pocket to rush for 63 yards on 11 carries.

“We knew that [the Eagles] were big and strong,” said Asprilla. “But we knew that speed kills. And we had the speed.”

The Tide also had the most prolific quarterback-receiver tandem in the state, which put on a display under the Gillette Stadium lights. The two have been teammates for years on different sports teams since DiBiaso was 10 years old, and their time together has fostered a chemistry that allowed them to complete passes almost at will.

“We’ve put in the time and the effort to just put in the plays and the routes,” said Costello. “He’s throwing it before I’m breaking so it’s there when it needs to be.”

Defensively, Everett allowed St. John’s Prep past their 20-yard line just once. It happened when the Tyler Coppola ran 49 yards for a touchdown on the Eagles’ first play from scrimmage in the first quarter.

“We obviously wanted to drive down the field more than we did,” Coppola (22 carries, 151 yards) said. “Their defensive backs are fast, their linebackers are fast. It’s hard to block them…They contained us.”

After Coppola’s touchdown, Everett answered — emphatically. The Tide scored on its next five consecutive possessions.

DiBiaso and Costello connected for their first score with 5:35 left in the first quarter to tie the game at seven. After forcing St. John’s Prep into a three-and-out, the Tide ran a 12-play drive, capped by a two-yard Asprilla touchdown run.

Costello scored again on a 10-yard reception with 46 seconds remaining in the second quarter to make it 21-7 at halftime.

“You try to press [Costello], he’s going to run by you,” said St. John’s Prep coach Jim O’Leary. “You back off, they’re going to throw underneath…It was the yards after catch that killed us, he’d catch it and he’s making moves and he looks like he’s going to breaking kids ankles out there.”

Gilly DeSouza kicked a 22-yard field goal with 3:46 left in the third quarter, and it wasn’t long before Everett struck again. They forced a turnover on downs — their second of three in the game — and 40 seconds later, Costello capped his day with a 36-yard touchdown reception.

“We knew they weren’t built to come from behind,” said Everett coach John DiBiaso of the Eagles run-based possession-style offense. “We’re moving, moving, moving. That’s how [we’re] conditioned. That’s just the way we’ve played.”

With Everett’s eighth championship in the Super Bowl era, Costello can now throw away that old newspaper clipping and replace it with a much shinier reminder of the success he shared with his teammates this season: a Super Bowl championship ring.

“I can always just look at that,” Costello said, “and know that that team was my last and it was great.”

Everett – 7 14 3 7 – 31
St. John’s Prep – 7 0 0 0 – 7

First quarter

SJP - Coppola 49 run (Nick Pesaturo kick)
E – DiBiaso 29 pass to Costello (DeSouza kick)

Second quarter
E – Asprilla 2 run (DeSouza kick)
E – DiBiaso 10 pass to Costello (DeSouza kick)

Third quarter
E – DeSouza 22-yard kick

Fourth quarter
E – DiBiaso 36 pass to Costello (DeSouza kick)

Matt Stout contributed to this report.

Sloppy playoff win, but Everett will take it

December, 1, 2010
12/01/10
12:25
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LYNN, Mass. -- Playing for the Everett Crimson Tide, it is not a big deal to win a game, nor is it a big deal to win the Greater Boston League Title, nor to win a playoff game.

No, if you play for the Everett Crimson Tide, and are the DiBiaso camp, your expectations are to be nothing but Super Bowl victors. To celebrate anything less, would be ungentlemanly.

“We’re not celebrating, we haven’t reached our goal yet,” said Everett head coach John DiBiaso coolly after his team’s 21-0 win over Andover tonight, which saw his son Jonathan break the state single-season passing touchdown record, with his 40th. “The goal for the year… has always been to win the championship.”

Coach DiBiaso wasn’t even happy. Turnovers, unsportsmanlike penalties, illegal motion penalties, and sustained drives by Andover filled the postgame speech. No mumbling from the players though, only solemn nods of agreement.

“We need to work harder on offense,” said Manny Asprilla, who racked up 42 yards and one touchdown on the day, as well as a fumble recovery in the red zone and seven tackles. “And we need to tighten up on defense."

Everett (11-0) only scored once in the first half, and Andover (8-4) -- having controlled the ball for 9:33 out of the ten minutes in the first quarter -- showed that they could move the ball on Everett effectively, despite being stopped on the Everett 6 after marching 66 yards. Just before the half, Andover’s Tyler Boudrow intercepted a DiBiaso pass and ran it back past the 50, giving the Golden Warriors momentum going into the second half.

The Golden Warriors forced Everett into its only three-and-out on the day on the opening drive of the second half. Andover got the ball at their own 45 after the punt and return, looking to go in for a score. On the first play of drive, quarterback Tom Dempsey ran left for nine yards across the 50 to the 46. On the next play, Dempsey attempted to hand the ball off to Freddie Scribner, but somewhere between the two, Shaquille Taylor made a hit and the ball came loose, and falling on it was Everett junior Paul Marckini, who saw another player jump on it but came up with the ball.

“Somehow, it ended up under me,” said Marckini. Marckini did not start at the beginning of the season, but has earned a starting spot on the team, as he and other players say, due to his dedication to lifting and working hard in practice.

“Sometimes it’s hurtful,” said Taylor, of making it into the backfield past lineman who will do just about anything to stop a defender. “But I like to pride myself on taking the pain. We’ve got a lot of guys who play hard and play tough. That’s what I love.”

Getting the ball on their 47, Everett then weaved together an 11-play drive, despite two off sides penalties, capped off by a pair of runs by Manny Asprilla. The first was an eight yard run to the left, on which Asprilla drove his body forward with his legs, but came up two yards short of the score, setting up first and goal. On first and goal, Asprilla took the handoff and busted up the middle, meeting tacklers at the line of scrimmage but forcing his detractors back with his will, moving the pile past the plane to put Everett up 13-0. The Gilly DeSouza kick made the game 14-0.

Taking over from their own seven, Andover refused to stand by and wait for a chance to break a play, as they made a quick move that caught Everett off guard. A quick pass from Dempsey to Ned Deane on the left sideline netted Andover 41 yards on its first play of the drive. Three plays and one off sides penalty later, the Warriors were faced with a first and 15 from the Everett 35, driving towards the end zone.

Andover’s Freddie Scribner made it down to about the 15 before losing control of the ball in a collision, and Asprilla, always alert and looking for play, fell on it and cradled the ball like it was his first-born son, with the potential to put the game out of reach for the Golden Retrievers.

“I saw Ronnie [Richard] hit him so hard that the ball came out,” said Asprilla, "I knew I had to jump tight on it."

DiBiaso, knowing that two scores would not be enough for the win, took on double duties for the drive, running for 41 yards and passing for 45 yards, including the 12-yard corner of the end zone hookup between him and Costello for the insurance score.

“We’ve got one more game left,” added coach DiBiaso, of Everett’s match against St. John’s Prep for the Division I title on Saturday, December 4th.

EVERETT 21, ANDOVER 0

AND 0 0 0 0 0
EVE 0 7 14 0 21

2nd Qtr.
E - Matt Costello 15 pass from John DiBiaso (Gilly DeSouza kick)

3rd Qtr
E - Manny Asprilla 2 run (DeSouza kick)
E - Costello 12 pass from DiBiaso (DeSouza kick)

No. 1 Everett makes it 16 straight GBL titles

November, 13, 2010
11/13/10
6:44
PM ET



EVERETT, Mass. -- Matt Costello and Jonathan DiBiaso were clicking in stride once again, and their Everett Crimson Tide cruised to an easy 45-0 win over Malden to wrap up an unprecedented 16th straight Greater Boston League title.

Just another routine day? Not quite. As the players will tell you, Malden week is a whole other beast.

"It's another GBL game, but we always come into the Malden game a little more fired up than the other games," said Costello, who finished the day with eight catches for 195 yards and three scores to surpass 1,500 receiving yards for his career. "The score isn't really indicative of how they (are), compared to other GBL teams. We just come out really hard when we play them. We never want to lose to them ever."

Costello made sure the Golden Tornadoes (4-5, 2-1 GBL) were never in it. He hauled in his first touchdown catch of the day, a four-yarder from DiBiaso (15 of 22, 247 yards, three touchdowns) to make it 17-0 early in the second quarter, before following up later in the quarter with a 66-yard touchdown pass, burning his man in single coverage and streaking down the left sideline.

He saved his best for last, a 26-yard catch in the third quarter that rounded out the scoring. On the eighth play of a 53-yard drive, Costello ran what he runs best -- a fade route -- down the left sideline, bobbled a ball that hit him perfectly in stride over his near shoulder, before finally cradling it in on his back.

The Crimson Tide (9-0, 3-0) are guaranteed yet another playoff berth, even if they lose to Thanksgiving rival Cambridge (2-8, 1-2) by virtue of their head-to-head matchup with Malden. Several milestones were also hit on the day; DiBiaso went over the 2,000-yard mark on the season, Costello went over 1,500 receiving yards for his career, and Boston College-bound Manny Asprilla went over 1,000 receving yards for his career.

With 32 touchdown passes on the season, DiBiaso is assured at least two more games to try and break the state's single-season touchdown passes mark, set in 2001 by Swampscott's Kyle Beatrice with 39.

NO. 1 EVERETT 45, MALDEN 0

M (4-5, 2-1) 0 0 0 0 --- 0
E (9-0, 3-0) 10 28 7 0 --- 45

First Quarter
Gilly DeSouza 26 field goal 5:16
Jonathan DiBiaso 10 run (DeSouza kick) 1:36

Second Quarter
Matt Costello 4 pass from DiBiaso (DeSouza kick) 9:24
Ryan Pietrantonio 0 fumble recovery (DeSouza kick) 8:15
Vondell Langston 28 run (DeSouza kick) 4:45
Costello 66 pass from DiBiaso (DeSouza kick) 3:06

Third Quarter
Costello 26 pass from DiBiaso (DeSouza kick) 7:12

No. 1 Everett survives scare from BC High

October, 23, 2010
10/23/10
1:19
AM ET
DORCHESTER, Mass. -- During practice this week, Everett head coach John DiBiaso warned his players that Ohio State was ranked No. 1 and lost the week after. No. 10 BC High did their best Wisconsin impersonation, coming close to knocking of the Kings of the Bay State, but No. 1 Everett pulled out a nail-biting 37-27 win Friday night.

Needless to say, DiBiaso’s postgame speech was not congratulatory.

“The intesity wasn’t there in practice this week,” DiBiaso said. “But I’m talking to kids. Some of the stuff registers, some of it doesn’t.

“I thought we played well enough to win, but we made many, too many mistakes, and they’re a good team and we let them back into the game.”

The Eagles, after being down 23-8 at the half, didn’t look good coming out of the locker room. BC High (3-3) got the ball to open the second half, but after one pass, Everett’s Vondell Langston took a fumble 60 yards into the end zone, and the Gilly DeSouza kick made the game 30-8. Then the Eagles woke up, scoring 19 unanswered points.

“We challenged our kids at halftime,” BC High head coach Jon Bartlett said. “We knew had to up our play.”

On the following drive, after two incomplete passes, on third and 10 from their own 36, Eagles wide receiver Gordon McLeod caught a pass from Bartley Regan and took it 74 yards for a score. Running up the right sideline and dodging a last-ditch defender who dove at his feet less than a minute after, McLeod put the Eagles back on the board.

Everett ran four plays on the ensuing drive, one for a first down, so the Eagles got the ball again with eight minutes to go in the third. Less than three minutes later, the Eagles scored again, this time on a 13-yard run by Preston Cooper, making the game 30-21.

On the next series, BC High’s junior defensive end Adam Richard sacked Jonathan DiBiaso (235 passing yards, four total touchdowns) for a 7-yard loss, after he had ducked the first Eagle rusher. Giving the ball up on downs, the Crimson Tide (6-0) began to look helpless, as Cooper took the second play of the following drive 71 yards, dove for the end zone but ended up three yards out. Luke Catarius cleaned up the spill, walking into the end zone and making it a three-point game at 30-27.

Everett made it down to the Eagles’ 14, but passed up the chance for a 34-yard field goal and went for the score. A sack by Catarius gave the Eagles the ball back and the momentum, down one score and having stopped the Crimson Tide after a 57-yard drive. The Eagles could not capitalize on the opportunity though, as Everett forced them into a three-and-out, then holding onto the ball for the next five minutes, cementing their three-point lead with an extra effort run through two defenders at the goal line by DiBiaso for the final score.

“We didn’t play so good, so there’s really nothing much to say,” Everett’s Manny Asprilla said. “We’re going to running a lot this week in practice. A lot.”

Everett 0 23 7 7 -- 37
BC High 0 8 19 0 -- 27


B – Preston Cooper 2 run (Jameson McShea pass from Brendan Craven)
E – Matt Costello 6 pass from Jonathan DiBiaso (Ralph Jonathas pass from DiBiaso)
E – Costello 13 pass from DiBiaso (Gilly DeSouza kick)
E – Manny Asprilla 43 pass from DiBiaso (Chris McCarthy rush)
E – Vondell Langston 60 fumble recovery (DeSouza kick)
B – Gordon McLeod 74 pass from Bartley Regan (Gavin McDermott kick)
B – Cooper 13 run (kick failed)
B – Luke Catarius 3 run (pass failed)
E – DiBiaso 3 run (DeSouza kick)

Everett now has Xaverian's number

October, 16, 2010
10/16/10
8:27
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WESTWOOD, Mass. – It wasn’t quite revenge. It was the next best thing.

“When they beat us 29-0, that was an embarrassing loss,” Everett’s Manny Asprilla said, looking back on last year’s thumping doled out by No. 1 Xaverian in the Eastern Mass Division I Super Bowl at Gillette Stadium.

“That stayed with us through the summer, throughout the offseason lifting, everything. When we came into the game, we wanted to put a lot of points on the board. We wanted to hold them to zero.”

During Saturday’s bout between old rivals at the Hawk Bowl, No. 2 Everett first did it by power, then by sheer athleticism.

A healthy dose of Vondell Langston’s runs, followed by the connection between quarterback Jonathan DiBiaso and receiver Manny Asprilla created an effective balance on offense. The Crimson Tide defense slowed the Hawks’ explosive running game, limiting Xaverian to just 83 yards on the ground.

It wasn’t quite the shutout win that Asprilla was looking for, but Everett’s 28-13 win certainly got the job done. And for the second time this season in the ESPN Boston Top 25 poll, No. 2 took out No. 1.

“I didn't have any worry about them being flat, because they’ve got to walk though that whole student body,” Crimson Tide head coach John DiBiaso described his team’s walk to the field past throngs of Xaverian supporters. “My kids are going crazy. That was the best thing they could’ve done.

DiBiaso continued: “Can they come to all our games and do that? I wasn't worried about them being emotional, again I was more concerned about them keeping focus and keeping poise and composure.”

Jonathan DiBiaso got things started for Everett (5-0) with a 3-yard touchdown run with 1:58 remaining in the first quarter. The swirling wind pushed the point-after try wide left for a 6-0 Crimson Tide lead.

Everett nearly struck again before the end of the first half. Gilly DeSouza’s attempt on what would have been a 33-yard field goal was blocked by Chris Tamasi with no time remaining.

Xaverian (5-1) had a new lease on life, returning to field in the second half as Joe Colton’s 30-yard kickoff return set up the Hawks with positive field position.

Eight plays later, head coach Charlie Stevenson went to the bag of tricks for the old Statue of Liberty play. Xaverian quarterback Chris Calvanese deftly sold the play, handing the ball off to Nick McDaniels on the end around for a 3-yard touchdown run. Jules Murphy knocked home the extra point for a 7-6 Hawks lead with 5:35 remaining in the third quarter.

Then, the floodgates opened in the fourth, led by Asprilla’s efforts on both sides of the ball.

“Manny [Asprilla], he’s a freak,” Langston said of his teammate.

Langston, who registered 13 carries for 47 yards, rumbled into the end zone on a 4-yard run to regain the lead for Everett. DiBiaso (12 of 21, 195 yards, TD) connected with Asprilla on the two-point attempt for a 14-7 lead.

After Ronnie Richard recovered a Xaverian fumble on the ensuing kickoff, DiBiaso hit Asprilla for a 17-yard touchdown pass with seven minutes to go.

When the Hawks got the ball back, Asprilla again proved why he’s headed to Boston College next fall. As Xaverian quarterback Chris Calvanese scrambled right, Asprilla snatched an interception near midfield and sprinted 47 yards for the touchdown, putting the game out of reach.

The Hawks added a touchdown with no time remaining when Calvanese connected with Mike Muir on an 18-yard score.

Everett 6 0 0 22 -- 28
Xaverian 0 0 7 6 -- 13


1st quarter
Everett Jonathan DiBiaso 3-yard run (kick failed)

3rd quarter
Xaverian Nicholas McDaniels 3-yard run (Jules Murphy kick)

4th quarter
Everett Vondell Langston 4-yard run (Manny Asprilla pass from DiBiaso)
Everett Manny Asprilla 17-yard pass from DiBiaso (Gilly DeSouza kick)
Everett Asprilla 47-yard interception return (DeSouza kick)
Xaverian Mike Muir 18-yard pass from Chris Calvanese

Career day for Costello in No. 2 Everett win

October, 2, 2010
10/02/10
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EVERETT, Mass. -- Matt Costello streaked by his defender down the left sideline, in one-on-one coverage, and easily hauled in the long fade from his Everett High quarterback, his fourth and final receiving touchdown of an eye-opening afternoon.

And then, in his typical demeanor, he shrugged it off.

"I tried to make it look like I do it all the time," the 6-foot-1 senior smiled. "I don't like to showboat much, I just like to let it all fly over."

His numbers, however, suggest quite the anomaly for the wide receiver. He finished the day with eight catches for 203 yards and four touchdowns, as the No. 2 Crimson Tide rolled to 43-14 win over No. 24 Barnstable, at Everett Veterans Memorial Stadium. His big day also allowed quarterback Jonathan DiBiaso (293 passing yards, five touchdowns) tie his own school record for most touchdown passes in a game (five), and inch closer to the career touchdown mark set by former Tide great Matt Nuzzo earlier this century (30, to DiBiaso's 27).

"We had a good gameplan, and we knew we could exploit some things in the defense," Costello said. "So we threw the ball around, and me and Jonathan happened to connect alot, so it worked out well."

Said head coach John DiBiaso, "I said at the beginning of the year, Jonathan's blessed that he has the two best receivers in the state," referring to Costello and Boston College-bound senior Manny Asprilla (110 yards of offense, 2 TD). "They both played that way today."

The Tide (3-0) got into the teeth of Barnstable's defense early on, marching all the way down the field on the game-opening drive, and capping the five-play, 66-yard drive with a 20-yard strike from DiBiaso to Costello. The Red Raiders (2-2) went three-and-out on the ensuing series, but Costello got a piece of D.J. Crook's punt, giving Everett a starting drive at the Raider 40. Vondell Langston (six carries, 59 yards) burst through the middle for 25 yards on the first play, and Jonathan DiBiaso did the rest, hitting Asprilla for six yards and finishing the drive with a seven-yard pass to Costello.

Barnstable answered, though, with a 31-yard touchdown pass from Crook (172 passing yards, 2 TD) to speedy wideout Jordan Henderson (five catches, 59 yards). The 6-foot, 180-pound senior blazed by the secondary with his 4.5 speed, and then ran in the ensuing two-point try to make it 14-8.

"He was pretty fast. He was actually pretty good," said Asprilla, who took on an additional role in the secondary this week to defend Handerson. "I wasn't expecting him to come out the way he did. He's pretty strong, he's a good athlete."

But Everett answered forcefully in the second quarter. Jakarrie Washington strip-sacked Crook deep in Barnstable territory, and Kenny Calaj fell on it at the Raider 13. Asprilla then plunged in from three yards out several plays later for a 22-8 score. Two minutes later, with 18.3 seconds to go in the half, the Tide went up 21 with a 79-yard pass from DiBiaso to Costello.

Costello slammed things shut in the second half with his final touchdown grab of the day, a 34-yarder late in the third quarter that made it 36-8.

"I thought we played with them well in the first half," Barnstable head coach Doug Crook said. "They've (Everett) just got so many athletes. Up front, we couldn't give D.J. any time whatsoever and establish any type of running game. He was getting alot of heat, and that limited his throws, and where he could throw to."

EVERETT 43, BARNSTABLE 14

BHS 8 0 0 6 --- 14
EHS 14 15 7 7 --- 43

First Quarter
E - Matt Costello 20 pass from Jonathan DiBiaso (Gilly DeSouza kick) 9:33
E - Costello 7 pass from DiBiaso (DeSouza kick) 6:50
B - Jordan Henderson 31 pass from D.J. Crook (Henderson run) 3:56

Second Quarter
E - Manny Asprilla 3 run (Costello pass from DiBiaso) 2:34
E - Costello 79 pass from DiBiaso (DeSouza kick) 0:18.3

Third Quarter
E - Costello 34 pass from DiBiaso (DeSouza kick) 2:33

Fourth Quarter
E - Asprilla 27 pass from DiBiaso (DeSouza kick) 7:45
B - Matt Delaney 25 pass from Crook (kick blocked) 3:48

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