DANVERS — Isaiah Davis had been waiting for this moment since June, when he started working out with his new teammates in the weight room. The running back transferred to Everett from Lynn English after his junior year, but didn’t receive an MIAA waiver to play in games until last week.
Davis worked hard as he waited for a decision. The dedication paid off. Davis ran for two touchdowns in fifth-ranked Everett’s 35-14 win over No. 3 St. John’s Prep (2-2) on Saturday at Cronin Stadium.
“It feels amazing,” said Davis. “This is an incredible experience. I’m stuttering over here because I’m so happy. Got the ‘W’ with my team. It’s amazing. We were running hard, playing hard. That’s Everett football.”
Everett coach John DiBiaso wasn’t sure how much of an impact Davis (nine rushes, 64 yards) would have, but it didn’t take long for the 6-foot, 180-pound senior to make himself known.
“I was hoping he [had an impact],” said DiBiaso “But you don’t know until the lights go on. I thought he played very well. I thought he played big. I thought he put his name on the map.
“I’ve said it to him since preseason, I think he’s going to be one of the best backs in the state. With him and Joe [D’Onofrio] back there, and Marquis [Holman], we’ve got a three-headed monster back there.”
D’Onofrio, who also rushed for two touchdowns, said Davis’s work ethic and team-first attitude has been a welcome sight for the Tide.
“His intensity was crazy every single practice,” D’Onofrio said. “He was just working hard because he knew he was going to be here this game.
“He told me on the bus ride here, ‘I’m gonna do it for the team. I want you to do it with me for the team. Everybody on the team, we’ve just got to do it for each other.’”
Davis got Everett on the board on its first drive. He took a handoff from quarterback Raheem Wingard and cut up the middle for a 16-yard rush to put the Tide up.
The ensuing kickoff was fumbled by the Eagles, handing the ball back at the St. John’s 9. Three plays later, Everett was in the end zone, when Davis leaped over the pile and in for another score.
“I hopped right over,” Davis said. “Watching the NFL, man, you see the running backs, to get that extra yard you might have to take that extra leap.”
On the same field with Prep’s Maryland-bound running back Johnathan Thomas — who left after suffering a knee injury in the third quarter — Davis knew the Tide would need a big performance from their backs.
“I came in, just thinking this was going to be a big game,” he said. “Johnny Thomas, No. 1 running back, just wanted to show who I am. Just wanted to come out here and play hard.”