(VIDEO) 2016 MIAA D1 State Championship: Everett 21, Xaverian 7
by Nate Weitzer for Mass Prep Stars
Marvens Fedna bursts through the middle for a 10-yard TD. Set up by a 56-yard pass to David Zorrilla. 14-0 Everett early Q2 pic.twitter.com/lZcJOoCLxe— Nate Weitzer (@nweitzer7) December 3, 2016
“The tradition of Everett football just gets us going from the start,” Sanristil said. “All summer coach had us working in the heat and none of us wanted to quit, because we knew what was in store this year. We asked the seniors, how do you want this season to end? And that was the story line for this year.”
Carlins Platel saves the day for Everett, breaking up a slant pass to Laurent. Everett takes over on downs and leads 14-0 at halftime pic.twitter.com/3XgCutFLVk— Nate Weitzer (@nweitzer7) December 3, 2016
Platel with the big pass break-up for Everett.
Final: Everett 21, Xaverian 7. Crimson Tide with an 11th D1 Super Bowl Title since 1996 pic.twitter.com/i417L5dSon— Nate Weitzer (@nweitzer7) December 3, 2016
The Everett Crimson Tide wins an 11th D1 Super Bowl Title since 1996
Stars Who Shined
Jordan McAfee ‘17 QB – The leader of Everett’s prolific offense all season, McAfee said he felt personally accountable after the Tide suffered a 23-20 loss in overtime at Billerica to wrap up September with a 2-2 record.
“After the loss to Billerica, we got the message that we have to pick it up or it’s going to be a repeat of last year,” McAfee said, adding, “After our loss to Xaverian we realized that you really have to be prepared both physically and mentally. This time we were.”
Everett’s coaches seemed to have a good idea of how to attack the Xaverian defense and their quarterback executed that game plan, as McAfee connected on four of his first six passes for 128 yards and a touchdown.
With the Crimson Tide firmly in control late in the fourth quarter, the slender quarterback used great misdirection on a play action fake, followed by a counter screen to Zidor on the backside of the formation, resulting in a 38-yard score that basically sealed another title for Everett.
Mike Sainristil ‘19 WR/DB – The electric sophomore put his imprint on yet another playoff game with a touchdown in his fourth consecutive postseason appearance.
Sainristil used his speed to gain 59 yards and score a touchdown on Everett’s opening possession, and he laid out for a 34-yard catch to pick up a key first down and set up Zidor’s touchdown in the fourth quarter.
Duane Binns ‘18 LB – While the Everett offense did well to set the tone, Everett’s defensive stars shined brightest in this Super Bowl.
The Crimson Tide battled a Hawks offensive line that has dominated the opposition all season and held Xaverian’s workhorse running back Devon Picinnin (17 carries, 53 yards) in check.
Binns was at the center of that attack with six tackles and one and a half sacks.
“[The Hawks] are a very good team, but everyone had to stay disciplined and execute,” Binns said. “I had to read my cues from the tackles and the guards and once I did that I was able to make some plays.”
The speedy inside linebacker seemed to be everywhere on the field. He added a couple of key tackles while covering kickoffs and recovered the onside kick that could’ve given Xaverian one more chance to mount a last-second comeback.
Ducarmel Cine ‘17 LB – Inside linebackers have to work in tandem and Cine played extremely well alongside Binns in an effort to limit the Hawks rushing attack.
The senior made several key tackles early and burst through the line to pressure Xaverian quarterback Mattison Cronin on third-and-nine from the Everett 19-yard line, setting up Binns and teammate Robert Fialli to record a pivotal sack that denied the Hawks an early score.
Ducarmel Cine first to get there and RJ Fialli sacks Cronin on 3rd down to potentially stop Xaverians opening drive pic.twitter.com/gOJoGSpwRo— Nate Weitzer (@nweitzer7) December 3, 2016
Cine with the pressure for Everett.
Gerell Boyce ‘17 DL – Another key contributor in the front seven for Everett, Boyce shut down Xaverian’s stretch runs and came up with a huge fumble recovery in the first half that put Everett in position to add to an early 14-0 lead.
The athletic defensive end also recorded four tackles and a pass defended, and along with senior captain Duval Paul, shut down the opposition’s biggest weapon to earn the MIAA D1 Super Bowl Championship Trophy.
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