EVERETT — Just hours after scoring a winning touchdown for Everett High School Saturday, Marvens Fedna was walking home from a Halloween party with some of his teammates, celebrating the upset victory.
But when the group ran into a second group of young men around 12:30 Sunday morning, the night took a sudden, violent turn.
“That’s when the problem happened,” said Frederick Foresteire, superintendent of the Everett public schools. “They were just trying to go home.”
Most of the Everett students got away, Foresteire said. While the details are unclear, one of them got left behind.
“Marvens went back to get him,” he said.
Fedna, a junior at the school, was stabbed in the back and hand after rushing to help his teammate, said police and school officials. On Monday, as police investigated the late-night attack, Fedna’s condition was upgraded from critical to fair.
“He’s doing a lot better,’’ said John DiBiaso, the football coach at Everett High School. He described Fedna as a respectful, popular teenager from a good family.
“He’s just a good kid,” he said. “He’s well-liked.”
Police declined to provide details about the investigation Monday. No arrests had been announced. Fedna’s relatives could not be reached for comment.
Fedna, 16, was stabbed at the corner of Broadway and Chestnut streets in Everett and was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.
The mayor of Everett, Carlo DeMaria, said police are “adamant about finding who did it.” Investigators are reviewing security video and interviewing “as many people as possible,” he said.
“We are all very upset about it,’’ said DeMaria, who has two children at the high school who know Fedna well. “He’s a great kid.”
Foresteire said the high school was subdued Monday as students coped with the news.
“Everyone was shocked and saddened,” he said.
In Everett’s upset playoff victory over top-seeded St. John’s Prep, Fedna, who has played quarterback and running back, rushed 15 times for 66 yards on a second-half drive that ended in a touchdown with less than nine minutes remaining in the game.