Kenny Calaj’s 4-yard TD run gave Everett the lead back in the third quarter at 12-7.
The Prep seemingly took the lead back when Michael Fawehinmi picked off a Gilly DeSouza pass and returned it 43 yards for a score. But the play was nullified after the Eagles were called for an illegal block below the waist.
“That (interception) was a great play, but our kids know on a change of possession you can’t go below the waist,” said O’Leary.
One very successful adjustment for the hosts was putting Omar Graciano on Sharrio in the second half; the Prep QB completed only one pass in the final two quarters, and it was for negative yards. “Omar made a big difference, and our stop on the 1-yard line at the end of the half was huge,” said DiBiaso. “This was an old fashioned Everett win: three yards and a cloud of dust, but we’ll take it. We had to make changes this year. If you don’t, you’re a dinosaur ... and we all know they are extinct.”
“They’re the best team in the state; I believe that,” added O’Leary, whose club plays at Brockton Friday night.