Everett High School’s football season got started on a somber note, with junior Egan Gouveia being carted off via ambulance after sustaining an injury while colliding with a teammate in the games opening kickoff.
The Crimson Tide went on to play a lackluster game, losing 42-12 to Central High School in their first opening game loss in several years.
Even with one of Massachusetts’ top teams losing in surprising fashion, the focus throughout and after the contest was on Gouveia’s status.
“Our prayers our with Egan,” said Everett coach Theluxon Pierre to the Boston Globe following the game. “We got word that he’s doing OK, so that’s the most important thing tonight,” said Pierre, who stood beside his junior linebacker until ambulances were able to immobilize his back and neck and move him from the field.
It’s September again and that means just one thing for the City of Everett: High School Football is back. In 2018, the Crimson Tide dominated the regular-season and entered the playoffs undefeated, but a tough, 23-20, semifinal loss to Central Catholic cut short a phenomenal first season for head coach Theluxon Pierre.
In the playoff loss, Coach Pierre and his staff felt the referees altered the outcome of the game that ended their undefeated season, calling a holding penalty away from the ball on what would have been a game-winning 60-yard touchdown pass.
This year, with the playoff loss in the rearview, Coach Pierre and the Tide are on a mission to prove they are still the number one team in Massachusetts
Encore’s second round of boxing was a knockout success from start to finish.
Murphys Boxing, the promotional team putting together the showcase, yet again drew a sold out crowd in Encore’s Picasso Ballroom, the casino’s largest, and kept them enthralled throughout.
Encore’s spectacularly lit ballroom coupled with Murphys Boxing’s fight night set up makes it easy to imagine you’re watching boxing from a seat in Vegas, with Bruins singer Todd Angilly performing the national anthem included, of course.
And what a night of boxing it was at Encore Boston Harbor Friday.
Of the eight matches put on the canvas, six of them ended with a knockout punch to the head or body.
Everett boxer Ryan Pietrantonio already cemented himself in Everett lore after punching his way to the New England Golden Gloves Championship earlier this year. Now, with his 12th victory coming by way of unanimous decision over Josh Raineri at the annual Fight Night at Dilboy event in Somerville this past weekend, he’s looking to spread word of his talents and knock down the competition at USA Boxing’s largest tournament of the year.
“I plan to pick up my training, do a lot more strength and conditioning and focus a little less on the skill part. I wanna be in super shape and strong [for nationals],” said Pietrantonio after getting the fight at Dilboy Stadium Saturday, his last before going to compete in USA Boxing’s National Tournament in October is n Ohio.
Until then, Pietrantonio says he’s got to ramp up the workload if he plans to come back home a national welterweight champion.