Tide Make It two In a Row

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Tyrese Baptiste (11) blows past St. Johns defenders in the Crimson Tide’s 32-27 win. (Photos by Keiko Hiromi)

By Lorenzo Recupero

SHREWSBURY – The Crimson Tide have once again found the recipe for their winning ways.

In taking down Central Mass. powerhouse Saint John’s (Shrewsbury), 32-27, Everett got its first win streak of the season started.

Knotted in a back-and-forth battle that went down- to-the-wire, the Tide (2-1) trailed multiple times in the fourth quarter but never once let up, scoring twice in the final six minutes of the game to emerge the victor.

Everett junior quarterback Duke Doherty, who leads the team in touchdowns through three games, compared the competition to a heavyweight fight.

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Everett quarterback Duke Doherty (6) scrambles for yardage against St. Johns (Shrewsbury).

“You can’t get punched in the mouth and not come back at them. So we fought hard, and we fought back and won,” said Doherty, who finished the bout with 400 yards of offense to go with two touchdowns (including 92 rushing yards).

The meeting between the two teams was the first ever in the history of both programs, a game that was surely used as a measuring stick for either side to gauge where they are and where they need to be.

And for Everett coach Theluxon Pierre, the fashion in which they beat St. John’s is proof the Tide are rising at the right time.

“We are a young team and it takes time for things to gel, but we just take it one week at a time. This week they performed well,” said Pierre of his team’s ability to play through adversity and win. “[The win] was a good team effort. You’ve got to be able to adjust sometimes and sometimes you’ve got to learn to win from behind and we did that,” said Pierre.

The Tide will be celebrating their Homecoming Game on Saturday against Brockton. Kickoff is scheduled for a 1PM.

Looking Ahead

The upcoming matchup between Brockton (1-2) and the Crimson Tide will be the first regular season meeting between the two teams in over 10 years.

Brockton is one of the top teams in Eastern Mass and shouldn’t be overlooked, even if they’ve picked up two early losses to start the season.

They are, though, riding a two-game losing streak while the Tide are on a two-game win streak.

Either way, Coach Pierre isn’t preparing any differently for a Brockton.

“We have to be prepared no matter what. After the loss we had in week one, no one is being taken lightly,” Said Pierre. “We will need a total team effort, including special teams and defense to come out with a win,” he said.


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