High-SchoolMassachusetts: Gordon McLeod

Week 7 preview: Everett vs. BC High

October, 21, 2011
10/21/11
2:34
PM ET
If you're a high school football fan with any self-respect, you should drive to Everett on Saturday afternoon, park within a few miles of Memorial Stadium, hit up the fried dough cart and settle in for what could be the game of the year in Massachusetts.

The Game:
No. 3 BC High (4-2) at No. 1 Everett (6-0)
Saturday, 1:30 p.m.

The Players:
BC High — In order to stand a chance against Everett, you've got to keep the Crimson Tide under 30 points somehow. I say that because I can't envision any team in the state hanging a 30-spot on the Everett defense. BC High placed two defensive players on the ESPNBoston Midseason All-State Team in junior LB Luke Catarius and senior DB Gordon McLeod, but the Eagles looked vulnerable against the pass in both of their losses this season, surrendering 49 and 35 points. Think a bad pass defense is going to work against Everett QB Jonathan DiBiaso?

Everett — As always, it starts with DiBiaso. He's four TD passes away from setting the state record for a career, and if BC High doesn't correct their secondary problems, he could set the mark in this game. WR Kenny Calaj is going to be a tough matchup for BC High, as Everett likes to move him around the field. DiBiaso should have plenty of chances to make big plays; if he can execute, Everett is looking good.

The Stakes:
Look forward with me for a moment. If Everett ends up winning the Division 1A Super Bowl and BC High wins the D1 Super Bowl (both distinct possibilities — they're currently the top-ranked team in each division), this head-to-head matchup would be the determining factor in which team was truly better.

The Prediction:
BC High is one of the few teams in the state that can match Everett in terms of talent and playmakers. But I can't shake the feeling that the Eagles' pass defense was exposed in each of their two games against good throwing teams. BC High isn't winning a shootout, so I see this one going to the Crimson Tide.
EVERETT 35, BC HIGH 20

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