Crimson Tide ousted – again – by Central Catholic, Referees

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Jaden Clerveaux (20) lunges forward for a Crimson Tide touchdown in Saturday’s MIAA Division 1 North Semifinals. (Photos by Joseph Prezioso)

EVERETT – 37
CENTRAL CATHOLIC – 39

By Lorenzo Recupero

Over the last five years, no one has beaten Everett more than the Central Catholic Raiders.

In Saturday’s MIAA Division 1 North Semifinals, C-C made sure it remained that way, topping the Tide, 39-37, in overtime.

Since winning back-to-back titles in 2016 & 2017, C-C has been the largest thorn in Everett’s side, keeping them from a shot at a three-peat while knocking them out the playoffs the last two years in a row.

In those two Everett-ousting wins by C-C (8-1), three and two points were the margin of victory.

Last year’s difference was a last-second field goal and this time around a 2-point conversion rush in overtime.

The back-and-forth slugfest between the two division 1 powerhouses Saturday at Lawrence was the thriller all knew it would be, featuring several lead changes, big-time plays, and even a little dusting of referee decisions that some in attendance would say altered the outcome of the game including a second half snafu that gifted C-C an extra down that eventually lead to a tie-breaking touchdown.

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Tide thrash A-B, set up rematch with C-C

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Senior receiver Eli Auguste (2) speeds past Acton-Boxborough defenders in Everett’s MIAA quarterfinals win. (Photos by Joseph Prezioso)

By Lorenzo Recupero

Second year head coach Theluxon Pierre and the Crimson Tide waited all year for the chance at a rematch with Central Catholic, and after easily taking down Acton-Boxborough 47-6 in the opening round of the MIAA playoffs, they’ve set themselves up for the semifinal showdown they’ve been waiting for.

The collision course between Central Catholic (7-1) and Everett (7-1) will take place at Lawrence Stadium Saturday at 12PM in what will be the fifth playoff meeting between the two sides over the last six years. In that span, Everett’s come out on top four times.

But CC’s lone triumph, on a game-winning field goal in the waning seconds of last year’s 23-20 playoff victory, snapped Everett’s two-year run as state champion and ended the inaugural season for head coach Theluxon Pierre, who was undefeated up to that point.

Their crash Saturday promises to make a real bang, too.

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Tide Make It two In a Row

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Tyrese Baptiste (11) blows past St. Johns defenders in the Crimson Tide’s 32-27 win. (Photos by Keiko Hiromi)

By Lorenzo Recupero

SHREWSBURY – The Crimson Tide have once again found the recipe for their winning ways.

In taking down Central Mass. powerhouse Saint John’s (Shrewsbury), 32-27, Everett got its first win streak of the season started.

Knotted in a back-and-forth battle that went down- to-the-wire, the Tide (2-1) trailed multiple times in the fourth quarter but never once let up, scoring twice in the final six minutes of the game to emerge the victor.

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Tide Bounce Back, Down Rival Xaverian

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Everett’s Eli Auguste (2) celebrates a with a teammate after a touchdown against Xaverian. (Photo by Joseph Prezioso)

By Lorenzo Recupero

The Crimson Tide flexed their collective muscle in dispatching Xaverian High School, 27-21, at Everett Veterans Stadium Friday.

The rebound victory comes after the team’s most lopsided loss in over three decades, a 42-12 thumping at the hands of Central High School to open the season.

How the Crimson Tide responded to the disheartening loss is proof this team, albeit a young one, still possesses a championship mettle that has come to define what it means to wear Everett Crimson.

“It was like night and day,” said Everett coach Theluxon Pierre of his team’s response after losing in a big way in the season-opener to turning things around against longtime rival Xaverian.

Both teams were fighting to stave-off a daunting 0-2 start to the season.

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Crimson Tide Lose Game and More in Football Opener

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Everett’s Khouri Dottin (99) rallies his fellow players during a varsity match between Everett and Springfield Central at Veterans Memorial Stadium Friday September 6, 2019. (Photos by Joseph Prezioso)

By Lorenzo Recupero

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.

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