Crimson Tide in Postseason Form

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Everett’s Jaden Clerveaux (20) gains yardage on a carry during a varsity football match between Everett and Somerville High Schools at Everett Memorial Stadium. (Photo by Joseph Prezioso)

By Lorenzo Recupero

We were all shocked back in September when the Crimson Tide faltered to open the season, falling flat in a scary 42-12 loss, the teams first season-opening defeat in over two decades.

Since then, the Everett powerhouse we all have become accustomed to seeing on the gridiron has risen up once again as the team finds itself on a 6-game win streak (including Friday’s 50-7 pounding of Somerville) heading into the postseason.

On November 1, the MIAA Division 1 playoffs are set to start, and the Crimson Tide (6-1) are slated to be either the 3rd or 4th seed, which should pin them against Methuen or Acton-Boxborough.

The MIAA will release official tournament pairings and game information on Sunday (10/27). And Should the Tide land in their projected seeding, they will begin the postseason at Veterans Memorial Stadium.

Still worried or wondering if the Tide are ready for a deep playoff run?

I wouldn’t be.

Everett’s defensive line sacks Somerville’s Thierry Seide (3) at Everett Memorial Stadium.

The offense is rolling, and the defense has stiffened since allowing a season-high point total in week 1. In its last three games, the Tide have amassed 129 points or exactly 43 points per contest. In that same frame, they’ve allowed an anemic 4.3 points against per game.

And with athletes like Duke Doherty (9 touchdowns) at quarterback, Tyrese Baptiste (7 TDs) at receiver, and Jaden Clerveaux (6 TDs) at running back, it’ll be hard for any team to game plan around such a dynamic offensive attack.

With that said, get ready Everett, it’s playoff time!

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