Hitting the ground running

Josaiah Stewart rumbles for yards during a preseason scrimmage. (Photo by Jim Mahoney)

Will play short season for pride, each other, Friday night at Veterans Memorial Stadium

By LORENZO RECUPERO

The Crimson Tide will hit the gridiron Friday and open up the 2021 season against Lynn English not playing for a state championship but something greater: each other.

In what will certainly go down in the record books with an asterisk, this season features just a four-game schedule void of any playoffs or tournaments.

The four games played will be for pride and not titles. And any one of the city’s faithful will tell you Everett is a proud football town.

With about 65 players on the roster, the Crimson Tide are well-stacked and able-bodied in ways other teams just aren’t because of COVID.

In football, unlike any other sport, depth is paramount, and Everett’s got it. This could bode well for the team.

The team is loaded with plenty of senior and letterman leadership, which makes an undefeated season a real possibility. If wins come, it’ll be those experienced players leading the charge.

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Gridiron Flashback

In honor of all the fall football stars just waiting for their chance to pound the turf at Veterans Memorial Stadium, during the 2020-2021 Everett High School fall sports season, we are showcasing snap shots of newspaper clips from the past, each including some of the biggest names and games in EHS football history.

1936

(Left to right) Eleanor Campana, Phyllis Marzullo, Teresa Cavicchi, Katheryne Powers, Lucy Wecabian, Ann Callahan, and Beverly Libby. In this snapshot we have the ladies that cheered on the ‘36 team to an undefeated season posing during halftime of the rivalry game against Malden. Notice someone? Let us know!

Gridiron Flashback

In honor of all the fall football stars just waiting for their chance to pound the turf at Veterans Memorial Stadium, during the 2020-2021 Everett High School fall sports season, we are showcasing snap shots of newspaper clips from the past, each including some of the biggest names and games in EHS football history.

2018

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The Crimson Slide

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Sophomore Jaden Clerveaux (above) had his share of the load for the Crimson Tide this season. They finish the year against Masconomet Regional Thanksgiving Day. (Photo by Joseph Prezioso)

By Lorenzo Recupero

The hangover from the overtime playoff-ousting loss to Central Catholic last week must still be on the minds of the players and coaches that felt they were robbed of yet another playoff-advancing win for the second consecutive year.

As a result, for the first time since 2015, when they finished the year 6-6 overall, the Crimson Tide (7- 3) are in the midst of a two-game slide after dropping Friday’s playoff consolation game to Andover, 20-16.

The 16 points scored in the loss to Andover is the second lowest point total the team has put out all 2019.

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Postseason staying Power

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Everett QB Duke Doherty (6) rushes the ball against Xaverian Brother’s high School on Friday September 13, 2019. (Photo by Joseph Prezioso)

By Lorenzo Recupero

Over the last couple decades, Everett and the MIAA division 1 playoffs have become synonymous.

This season, nothing’s changed, as the Crimson Tide (6-1) enter the playoffs Friday against Acton- Boxborough (5-2) at Veterans Memorial Stadium (7PM kickoff).

High expectations always swirl around the team around this time and for good reason.

This year is no different. And it shouldn’t be.

The Tide are on a commanding roll, entering the playoffs in flat out juggernaut mode.

They’ve averaged just over 33 points per game and allowed just about 17 points per game defensively over the course of the year. In their last game of the regular season, the Tide posted a season-high 51 points against Somerville.

That decisive win is just the latest example of an ascending trend for the team. In its last three game stretch, they’ve averaged 43 points per game while giving up just 13 points in total.

Those numbers alone make for a very encouraging entrance to the playoffs.

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