For the second straight game, second-ranked Everett dominated on defense, allowing just 132 yards of offense, in a 28-7 win over BC High Saturday at Viola Stadium. The Tide, which improved to 6-1, had six sacks, five against Eagles’ quarterback Brandon Craven, which forced him to leave the game twice.
“All year we’ve been working on our pass rushing moves with coach [John] Capra,” said senior defensive end Omar Graciano, who had three sacks. “We had their offense down, had a hard week of practice, and just brought it at the game. The defensive intensity has picked up. It’s just been great.”
Everett coach John DiBiaso said the key to his defensive unit is having two shutdown corners in seniors Jakarrie Washington, who also scored two touchdowns (his 12th and 13th of the year), and Jalen Felix.
“The defense played very well,” said DiBiaso, whose team is giving up 12.1 ppg this fall after surendering 13.6 ppg during its 13-0 2011 season. “We’re very, very pleased with the way our defense is playing at a key time of the season. We were trying to get pressure on [Craven], make him move his feet.
“To be able to play that type of defense, you have to have two cornerbacks like we have in Washington and Felix. They lock down on the wideout and we can put nine guys in the box. We’re very fortunate to have those two. They are the key to the defense.”
The Tide had a slim 13-7 lead to start the fourth quarter, but allowed BC High to gain only 12 yards in the final frame. The Eagles had the ball from their 20 to start the fourth, before Craven was sacked on back-to-back plays, forcing a punt.
Everett got the ball at its 45-yard line and took advantage of the great field position. Joey White (10 rushes, 58 yards, TD) had a 13-yard burst that set up the Tide at the Eagles’ 18. Raheem Wingard then found Washington on the next play for his second touchdown of the day.
Felix (14 rushes, 144 yards) had a 2-point rush to make it 21-7 with just under six minutes to play.
After the touchdown, the Tide attempted and recovered an onside kick at the BC High 41-yard line. Four plays later, Everett was in the end zone again when Marquis Holman ran it in from 17 yards out, putting the game out of reach.
The Tide offense played well in the fourth, but struggled for most of the game. Everett committed nine penalties, including five false starts, that haulted multiple drives.
“We still haven’t gotten what I consider a complete game,” said DiBiaso. “If I knew what was causing [penalties], I would correct them. My hair is coming out in clumps. It’s not that we’re not moving the ball, we shoot ourself in the foot.”
The Tide scored in the first quarter when White ran it in from 13 yards out. The Eagles tied it at 7, when Dan Collins, in for the injured Craven, found Tim Johnson for a 74-yard touchdown play.
Everett took a 13-7 lead on the first drive of the second half, when Wingard hooked up with Washington on a 24-yard score.
The Tide will finish the season with three Greater Boston League games, starting with Medford Friday night.