Flag Football: Tigers Honor Veterans

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Pope John’s Brian Baez (#65) waves the American flag in honor of all military veterans.

By Lorenzo Recupero

Pope John honored Military Veterans all across the country in their latest win at Everett Stadium this past weekend, hand flying the United States flag throughout the entire game – a rain soaked one – without letting it ever touch ground or flagpole.

The flag flying that day as a show of honor and respect for all the brave service members past and present was being held by a former player of Pope John assistant coach Mark Silvestri, who is a United States Army vet.

The flag, gifted to the team by coach Silvistri on the way to Cape Cod to play St. John Paul High School during week 5 of the regular season, rode the wind especially in his honor that night.

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From No Program to No Peer; Undefeated PJ Rolls Into State Semis

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Tigers quarterback Anthony Mejia looks for an open receiver.

By Lorenzo Recupero

What’s going on over at Pope John High this fall is pretty historic stuff for the school, a renaissance if you will.

Just a few years ago the football program didn’t have a single athlete suit up in helmet and shoulder pads, going team-less for consecutive years. Click forward to the present and you’ve got an undefeated, well-coached, defensive juggernaut clawing through school records in dominating fashion.

The 2018 Tigers are not only still undefeated at 10-0, a school record through ten games, they are the MIAA Division 8 North Champions after pummeling Boston English/New Mission, 51-8, at Everett Stadium this past weekend.

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EHS Shakes Off Playoff Loss By Rattling A-B; Team Improves to 9-1

Everett Leader Staff Report

At first consideration, Everett fans had a lot to feel sorry about last Friday.

For the first time since the MIAA expanded its playoff format in 2013, the Crimson Tide failed to reach at least the Div. 1 North final.

After their loss to Central Catholic in the previous week’s North semifinals, the Tide were unceremoniously but unavoidably dumped onto the MIAA’s “Non-Playoff Schedule,” which is a little like being forced into a staycation when you had your heart set on jetting to the Caribbean. Continue reading “EHS Shakes Off Playoff Loss By Rattling A-B; Team Improves to 9-1”

Kicked Out

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EHS FOOTBALL PHOTOS BY JOSEPH PREZIOSO
Everett High head coach Theluxon Pierre is left to his own thoughts as Everett and Central Catholic shake hands following the Red Raiders’ stunning 23-20 victory over the top-ranked Crimson Tide in Friday’s Division 1 North semifnal.

Central Catholic Bounces Everett From the Postseason on a Last-Second Field Goal By Nick Mazzie

Leader Herald Staff Report 

The talent and fearlessness of Central Catholic, the discretionary nature of refereeing, and the irrefutable fact that all great things must come to an end all joined forces Friday night inside Veterans Memorial Stadium, where Everett High’s winning streak and title hopes went snap, crackle, and pop.

Tears flowed and heads hung low after a game-ending heave into the end zone by sophomore quarterback Dillon Doherty fell to the turf, lifting Central Catholic (CC) to a 23-20 stunner in the Div. 1 North semifinals. The Crimson Tide, the two-time defending state champs and winners of 27 straight, were held scoreless in the second half and outscored 10-0 in the final quarter, as CC perfected the oft stated but rarely executed game plan of sticking around into the fourth quarter, when the game will be there for the stealing.

As if the result itself wasn’t painful enough, the final margin of victory was provided by Red Raider sophomore kicker Nick Mazzie, the son of Everett Police Chief Steven Mazzie.

Yes, Everett was done in by someone with Crimson in their DNA. Incredible.

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Pope John Advances to the Div. 8 North Final

By Lorenzo Recupero 

If the old football adage of “defense wins championships” has any truth behind it, the Pope John Tigers may be the next MIAA Division 8 North champions.

After blanking Lynn Tech, 24-0, last weekend they are one step closer to a title.

Standing in the way of the Tigers (9-0) continuing one of the best sports seasons in school history is undefeated Boston English/New Mission (8-0). The two sides will meet in the Div.8 North Final at 7PM at Everett Stadium on Friday, and if the Tigers play to form, it’ll be a defensive showdown

“Our defense has truly been solid all year long,” said Pope John first-year head coach, Paul Sobolowski. “We’ve only let up 60 points defensively all season while playing at a high level,” said Sobolowski, who watched his squad hold Lynn Tech to under 60 yards total and kept them from crossing midfield all contest. The capable Lynn tech quarterback was held to a pedestrian 2-of-14 passing and just 33 total yards.

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