MALDEN — Everett’s road to a fourth straight Super Bowl championship is officially open. The top-ranked Crimson Tide shut out Malden, 35-0, Saturday afternoon at MacDonald Stadium, clinching its 19th consecutive Greater Boston League title and a spot in the Division 1 North playoffs next weekend.
“No, it doesn’t get old,” said Everett coach John DiBiaso. “It’s a different group of kids every year, different group of seniors. We didn’t give our best performance [today], but we did enough to win.”
DiBiaso’s excitement of capturing the GBL crown was tempered because his team struggled through bouts of sloppiness. The Tide (6-1) turned the ball over twice and it could have been worse, but they recovered at least five of their own fumbles.
“I thought we were really sloppy, too many turnovers, too many mistakes,” DiBiaso said. You can’t do that against a good team. Fumbles, unforced errors, fumbled snaps, handoffs. That stuff is not acceptable.”
Of course there were bright spots in Everett’s blowout. The Tide’s defense was stifling, holding the Golden Tornadoes to just 15 yards of offense in the first half and fewer than 100 for the game.
Senior quarterback Raheem Wingard scored twice and senior Isaiah Davis rushed for 159 yards and a touchdown.
“Defense played very well,” said DiBiaso. “I thought Isaiah played very well. He ran, kind of kept us in the game early, set the tone.”
After a scoreless first quarter, the Tide got on the board on the first play of the second. Wingard converted a quarterback sneak from 1 yard on fourth down to give Everett a 7-0 lead.
Later in the quarter, Davis extended the advantage to 14-0. Davis burst through the line, shed a tackle, and went 61 yards for the score.
Wingard found the end zone again just under two minutes later. The Everett defense forced a three and out and found itself in Malden territory following a poor punt. Taking over at the Golden Tornadoes’ 42, the Tide ran three plays before Wingard ran it in from 3 yards.
Malden (4-3) went three and out to start the second half and, once again, Everett had great field position after a punt. The Tide started from the Malden 31 and two plays later, it was 28-0, when senior Lubern Figaro ran 29 yards up the right sideline for the score.
Everett capped its scoring late in the fourth quarter when sophomore Luis Cardona broke away for a 91-yard touchdown.
Despite the win, DiBiaso said his team has some work to do this week in preparation for the postseason. Everett will find out its first-round opponent on Sunday.
“We accomplished what we wanted to accomplish so far,” he said. “Now every week is different. It’s playoffs, you lose and you’re out. We’ve got to come ready Friday night.’’