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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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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Pope John Drops High-Powered Finale at Gillette Stadium

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Head Coach Paul Sobolewski is surrounded by his players after Pope John captured the Eastern Mass. Championship.

By Lorenzo Recupero

Behind the tutelage of first year head coach Paul Sobolewski, the 2018 Pope John football team made a name for itself, even with the, 45-36, loss against St. Bernard’s in the MIAA Division 8 Super Bowl last weekend at Gillette Stadium.

The thriller of a game will go down as the second most high-scoring affair in MIAA championship game history, with 81 points dropped combined between the two electrifying teams.

And In the eyes of the man at the helm, the biggest loss in recent program history may actually be setting up the next biggest win.

“[The Super Bowl] loss was more beneficial to the team than the 12 wins,” said Sobolewski, a reasoning that he says stems from a majority of the team being underclassmen, including its leading scorer, sophomore John Smith Howell. “As a program, we will learn a lot more from this,” he said while noting that his players have not left his office since their last game, unable to halt the focus on football ahead of them.

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Razor’s Edge

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The 2018 state super bowl bound Pope John Tigers.

Pope John Makes Final Preparations for Saturday’s Title Game at Gillette Stadium

By Lorenzo Recupero

Pope John High School football players and coaches will be competing in the biggest game of their lives this weekend at Gillette Stadium, but that doesn’t mean they’ll be doing anything any differently. Preparations will go as planned for the Tigers and that means not changing a thing at all.

“[We’ve] practiced all week like it’s any other game. We want to make it like preparing for any other game and not make it bigger than what it is,” said Pope John coach Paul Sobolewski of the team’s preparation for the Division 8 State Championship game against St. Bernard’s at Gillette Stadium Saturday at 9AM.

Sobolewski, who referenced a particularly successful coach around these parts, Bill Belichick, while explaining his decision to do things the same as they have all year even though the stakes are heightened.

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