High-SchoolMassachusetts: Everett

DiBiaso wins Gatorade POY

December, 1, 2011
Last year, Jonathan DiBiaso helped his Everett teammate Matt Costello win the Gatorade State Player of the Year award. This time around, DiBiaso is the winner after breaking his own Massachusetts record for touchdown passes in a season and leading Everett back to the Super Bowl.

DiBiaso, a senior quarterback, has tossed 44 TD passes and thrown for 2,731 yards through 12 games, all Everett wins. He's also the state's all-time leader in touchdown passes with 103.

There were other strong candidates for the award — including Duxbury senior QB Matt O'Keefe and Catholic Memorial senior WR/RB Armani Reeves. But I think the Gatorade guys got this one right. DiBiaso has capped off a truly great career with his best season, and that makes him a worthy winner in my book. Now let's see if he can finish it off with another Super Bowl championship on Saturday.

To see the complete rundown of DiBiaso credentials, click here.

To see all the winners from every state, click here.
It was a wild weekend in Massachusetts, as half of the teams in the POWERADE Top 10 lost. The top three of Everett, Duxbury and BC High held on to their spots with fairly easy victories, but everything else was chaos. Xaverian jumps from No. 6 to No. 4 following losses by BB&N and Andover, and CMass juggernaut Auburn is now at No. 5 after winning its 40th consecutive game. The biggest climber, however, is Weymouth, which goes from unranked to No. 6 after beating Gloucester, 28-0.
  1. Everett (3-0) — Defeated St. John's Prep, 35-0 (last week: No. 1)
  2. Duxbury (3-0) — Defeated New Bedford, 42-19 (last week: No. 2)
  3. BC High (2-1) — Defeated Chelmsford, 35-14 (last week: No. 3)
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Everett's non-league schedule is as challenging as any in the state, and Week 2 saw the Crimson Tide welcome Western Mass contender Springfield Central. Though Central had been upset by Putnam in Week 1, the matchup was still anticipated as a test for Everett. But senior QB Jonathan DiBiaso fired three touchdown passes and the Tide rolled, 42-13. So much for tests.

No. 3 BC High is also playing a tough early-season schedule, and it came back to bite the Eagles on Saturday, as they traveled to New Jersey and were beaten by DePaul, 49-35. The result didn't cause BC High to drop in the POWERADE state rankings, as it was an out-of-state contest, but it did expose some problems with the Eagles' pass defense.

No. 7 Auburn ran its state-best winning streak to 39 games with a 14-13 win over Holliston.
  1. Everett, 2-0 — Defeated Springfield Central, 42-13 (last week: No. 1)
  2. Duxbury, 2-0 — Defeated Plymouth North, 35-20 (last week: No. 2)
  3. BC High, 1-1 — Lost to DePaul (N.J.), 49-35 (last week: No. 3)
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