EVERETT — For decades, Everett and Cambridge have battled on the gridiron. But on Saturday, the Greater Boston League rivals played for possibly the last time. Next season, Cambridge is expected to join the Dual County League.
Top-ranked Everett (3-1, 1-0) continued its long run of success against the Falcons (2-3, 1-1) in their final matchup, a 28-0 defeat at Veterans Memorial Stadium.
The teams first met in 1899 and Cambridge was the last GBL team to beat Everett, on Thanksgiving 2001.
“I thought about it all week,” said Everett coach John DiBiaso. “And I let [the players] know all week. It is the last time we’re going to face them. I also let them know that they’re the last team in the GBL to beat us. I didn’t want that to reoccur. I think we finished it off pretty good, the rivalry with them.”
The Tide’s defense dominated. After Cambridge gained 51 yards on its first drive, the Falcons managed just 25 yards the rest of the way.
Cambridge quarterback Marcus Collins was 6 of 7 for 43 yards on the initial drive, but 2 of 12 for 1 yard after that.
“I thought we might have been a little bit hung over from the [St. John’s Prep victory last weekend],” said DiBiaso. “But the defense played good [after the first series]. We were gang-tackling, getting to the ball. I thought our secondary played well. The two corners, [Ralph] Dupervil and [Lukas] Denis played real well. They broke up a couple passes.
“We got some heat on them, the defensive line. The quarterback was running for his life the whole day. Overall, I thought we played well on defense.”
After stopping Cambridge on that first drive, the Tide drove 71 yards in 11 plays to take a 6-0 lead. The drive was capped by senior running back Marquis Holman’s 3-yard run.
Everett forced a three and out on the next drive before extending its lead to 14-0 with 1:00 left in the half. Senior Isaiah Davis ran up the middle for a 3-yard touchdown, his third score in two games. Jonathan Freitas converted a 2-point rush.
On the ensuing kickoff, Everett recovered an onside kick at the Cambridge 47. In just 53 seconds, the Crimson Tide ran seven plays and got a roughing-the-passer call to set up quarterback Raheem Wingard’s 2-yard sneak as the half expired.
Wingard completed 6 of 9 passes for 81 yards and ran seven times for another 42 yards. He scored for the second time in the game, a 12-yard dash up the left sideline in the fourth quarter, to finish the scoring.