By Gianna Addario
---- — 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.
”In the fourth quarter we had an idea of what was going to happen, but for the most part we stuck with the same game plan,” said Schleer, who threw for 133 yards on 11 passes. “They were coming in hard from the outside, so I had a mental clock to get rid of the ball. Sometimes it was difficult to make reads.
”Everett didn’t show us anything that we hadn’t seen on tape. They came right at us and it’s just a credit to them, because they played hard. We wish them luck in the Super Bowl.”
It was the first playoff appearance for the Chieftains since 2009, but seventh all-time for one of Pugh’s teams.
With the Northeastern/Cape Ann League Tier 1 Player of the Year in Dylan Mann and Coach of the Year in Pugh, Masco believed it could contend with mighty Crimson Tide. Five turnovers and not enough time with ball proved to be costly, however.
”We prepared thinking we had a good shot,” said Pugh. “From the beginning to the end we weren’t able to get going. The turnovers killed us, but Everett is a great football team. We thought we were going to be able to compete a little better than we did, but we have a long way to go.
”We have to thank the senior class, which got us back into the playoffs again. The young guys know this is a different level and we just couldn’t get it done.”
Schleer’s first touchdown pass was a nine-yarder to Mann with just under four minutes to play in the game. On the next Masco drive, Schleer connected with Corey Tines for a beautiful 39 yard pass in the end zone.
Mann finished the season with 670 rushing yards, while Schleer compiled an impressive 982 yards passing and 12 touchdowns this fall.
Division 1A playoff
Everett 42, Masconomet 14
at Manning Field, Lynn
Everett (10-1) 21 14 7 0 — 42
Masconomet (9-3) 0 0 0 14 — 14
E- Jakarrie Washington 22 yard pass from Raheem Wingard (Gilly DeSouza kick)
E- Jalen Felix 6 run (kick failed)
E- Joey White 42 kickoff return (Felix pass from Wingard)
E- Kenny Calaj 41 pass from Wingard (DeSouza kick)
E- DeSouza 47 interception run (DeSouza kick)
E- White 11 run (DeSouza kick)
M- Dylan Mann 9 pass from Chris Schleer (Casey Tines kick)
M- Corey Tines 39 pass from Schleer (Tines kick)
RUSHING: Everett — Jalen Felix 4-46, Jakarrie Washington 3-25, Kenny Calaj 4-20, Joey White 1-11, Raheem Wingard 3-8, Chris Goode 1-6, Marquies Holman 1-1; Masconomet — Dylan Mann 12-55, Austin Cashin 6-7, Mike Tivinis 3-5, Casey Tines 1-(-6), Chris Schleer 1-(-10).
PASSING: Everett — Wingard 3-6-76-2-0; Masconomet — Schleer 11-21-133-2-3.
RECEIVING: Everett — Calaj 1-41, Washington 2-35; Masconomet — Tines 2-43, Troy Bunker 4-40, Nolan Rice 2-27, Mann 3-23.