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November 28, 2012

Speedy Everett too much for Masconomet

LYNN— Masconomet spent the majority of last night’s Division 1A semifinal contest trying to contain Everett’s rushing game.

But the speedy Crimson Tide wasn’t about to be stopped.

Touchdown after touchdown by Everett’s powerful offense left the Chieftains faithful silent in the stands at Manning Field. The Crimson Tide (10-1) poured on the points in a convincing 42-14 victory over Masconomet in the teams’ first-ever meeting.

Everett, which clinched its 18th straight Greater Boston League title earlier this year, is the Division 1 reigning champion and will take on Barnstable in the Super Bowl at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough Saturday (1:30 p.m.). Everett’s only loss of the season was an overtime defeat to Barnstable back on Sept. 28.

Coming into the contest Masco had losses to only Beverly and Lowell, but never quite saw the kind of speed that Everett showed last night.

Having not played since Nov. 9, the Crimson Tide looked anything but rusty as they scored just 45 seconds into the game on three quick plays. Before the first quarter was over, Everett had a 21-0 advantage and the Chieftains had yet to cross midfield.

“We had a couple of real good practices,” said Everett coach John DiBiaso. “We were chomping at the bit to play somebody, and I think it reflected in the way we played in the first half.

“It looked like the big difference was the quickness factor on the field. We have a pretty fast defense and I’m not sure if Masco had ever faced a defense this quick. It takes some adjusting if you haven’t.

“Coach (Jim) Pugh (of Masconomet) does an excellent job. We knew they were disciplined and we knew they were going to use hard counts to try and draw us offside.”

Two touchdowns passes by senior quarterback Chris Schleer put Masco on the board late in the fourth quarter. It took the Chieftains nearly 36 minutes to punch in a score as Everett did everything it could to silence the NEC/CAL Tier 1 champion’s running game.

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