By Lorenzo Recupero
Everett High football is boasting a new coach, system and look this year but the results are all the same: The Crimson Tide win.
Behind a balanced attack and tough defense, the reigning division 1 state champs dispatched a top-tier Xaverian squad, 34-21, to open the season last Friday.
The victory is head coach Theluxon Pierre’s first and the school’s 800th, the most by any school in state history.
In the off-season, after the departures of coach John Dibiaso and starting quarterback Jake Wilcox, the Crimson Tide looked vulnerable.
Even still, Friday’s victory was not as confounding for coach Pierre, though. The first-year head coach knew all along that his reconstructed roster would open the season with a W.
“To me it feels normal,” said Pierre, who won super bowls with Everett as a player and an assistant coach. “We expect to win. I expect to win. It’s just a matter of getting the team ready,” he said.
The team looked more than ready as first-time starter Dillon Doherty had a nearly perfect performance, completing 13 passes for 118 yards to go along with a pair of touchdown passes to senior receiver Mike Sainristil, who hauled in 8 passes for over 100 yards and earned a slot as the Boston Globe Player of the Week.
With the win in tow, the team will travel to Mansfield on September 14 for a 7PM kickoff there.
The Hornets (1-0) recently knocked off formidable BC High, 21-7, and look to be a tougher challenge for the Tide but one coach Pierre knows they’re up for.
“We will come out to win. We play to win, no matter what. We are just trying to get the team ready and prepared by Thursday,” said Pierre.
Running back Isaac Seide led all scorers with 3 touchdowns and 165 rushing yards. He averaged 11.7 yards per carry.