With season opener next week Tide football focuses on becoming a team
By LORENZO RECUPERO
Crimson Tide football will live by one motto this football season: family.
With just a four-game schedule, void of any league or state playoffs as of today, coach Robert DiLoreto is purposefully guiding Everett football one step at a time looking first to build continuity and trust throughout the program in a dramatically shortened season.
“Our first practice on the field was emotional, a myriad of feelings between coaches and players. We are lucky,” said DiLoreto after the Tide started their in-person practices earlier this month. Before April, all team meetings and workouts were voluntary and conducted via Zoom. It was then DiLoreto decided the team would come together in their first on-field practice and determine what they’d be competing for this season.
Unanimously, it was family.
“We all care deeply about each other here, like a family. We have embraced together the Everett football family as our mode of operation. Our goal is to become a closer family together this season,” said an impassioned DiLoreto.
“We are approaching the season one day and one week at a time. Right now, we are all hands on deck for Lynn English,” said DiLoreto, who will coach his first game as EHS head coach at home on Friday, April 23 against Lynn.
It is unclear at this time if fans will be allowed into Veterans Memorial Stadium for the long-awaited season opener. DiLoreto knows it would mean so much to the entire football family across the city in attendance, but he’s ready to execute what local officials deem safest for everyone.
“Our first game, in Everett, it would be nice to have fans in the stands. Families would love it,” he said.