All eyes on Crimson Tide football

AUGUST 31: EHS quarterback Karmarri Ellerbe looks for a receiver during drills under the watchful eye of coach Rob DiLoreto. (Photo by Jim Mahoney)

Season opener September 10 at Xaverian in Westwood

By LORENZO RECUPERO

To some, Everett has long been the mecca of Massachusetts high school football.

Many names have carved out legendary status for themselves here at Everett Veterans Memorial Stadium.

This year’s crop of stars will try to add a few more names to the list as they are led into the trenches by second-year head coach Robert DiLoreto, who preaches a team-first mentality as he looks to preserve and carry on the “Everett Football Family” tradition of excellence.

With the 2021 season set to kick off next Friday, let’s delve into what will keep this year’s edition of the Crimson Tide running.

AUGUST 31: EHS head coach Rob DiLoreto stresses a point to the team. (Photo by Jim Mahoney)


Head coach: Robert DiLoreto (2nd year).

Coaching record: 3-0 (with Everett).

Record last year: 3-0.

Playing surface: Artificial turf (Veterans Memorial Stadium).

Returning Starters/Letter- man: Cam Mohamed, senior, WR/ DB; Ismael Zamor, senior, WR/S; Jayden Clerveaux, senior, RB; Brian Gibbs, senior, RB/WR/DB; Syeed Gibbs, senior, WR/DB; David Macharia, senior, OL/DL; Jayden Biggi, senior, OL/DL; Nick Raymond, senior, OL/DL; Hector Guevara, senior, OL; Markus Scott, senior, TE.

Strengths: Team effort, team speed, team strength/conditioning, depth.

Concerns: Staying healthy.

Keys to the season: In the spring’s Fall II season, the Tide scored over 40 points per game while going undefeated, making it clear their offense was ready to compete for a championship right away.

That fact may have only become more real over the off-season, as players led heavily attended voluntary workouts four days a week, including weight training that helped boost the team’s overall strength.

That means the Tide’s already stout offensive/defensive lines, anchored by seniors Hector Guevara and Nick Raymond, got beefed up, which should bode well for speedy running backs on the roster, such as Jayden Clearveux and Brian Gibbs.

If you watched any of the Tides’ victories last season, you might have noticed the gaping holes for runners to get through courtesy of the talented offensive line.

In the team’s first five games of the season, they will take on Lynn Classical, Lynn English, and Revere, all teams they beat handily in the spring and that could be the case again this time around.

If the Tide wins the GBL, they will be in the postseason.

And coach DiLoreto is confident they will be there. “I want our team to set high standards on and off the field. One of those standards is to win as many games as possible,” he said. Under the tutelage of DiLoreto, the Tide have built a chemistry that is key to success in any sport and it could help make this season a banner year.

Season opener: Friday, September 10, 4 p.m. @ Xaverian Brothers High School (800 Clapboard Street, Westwood, MA 02090)

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