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.

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Tide Rolls

The 2021 Crimson Tide. (Photo by Jim Mahoney)

By LORENZO RECUPERO

With a handful of team practices completed since officially starting the 2021 football season, the Crimson Tide and head coach Robert DiLoreto are already getting a grip on their team identity.

“Our first practice was nerve-racking, everyone was super excited to be back on the field,” said DiLoreto, who is still undefeated at the helm for the Tide after finishing up his first year as coach with three impressive victories.

“I felt there was a level of tension and expectation, but once things got going we all relaxed,” said DiLoreto. In the young season, DiLoreto has picked up on positive trends that should bode well for a young Crimson Tide squad moving forward.

“Effort,” said DiLoreto. “Our team has been giving their best effort on the practice field, every snap. It’s evidentially clear. The positive energy is contagious and they are feeding off of each other,” he said.

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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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