(VIDEO) 2016 MIAA Playoffs: McAfee and Sainristil Lead Everett to Victory

Saturday, October 29th, 2016

(VIDEO) 2016 MIAA Playoffs: McAfee and Sainristil Lead Everett to Victory
Jordan McAfee '17 - Everett

By Nate Weitzer for Mass Prep Stars

HAVERHILL, Mass – Last year marked the first time Everett (5-5) failed to finish the regular season with a winning record since John DiBiasio took over as head coach in 1992.

Those Crimson Tide players who battled through that disappointing campaign came into this season with renewed motivation and a heightened focus, which was on full display as they opened the postseason with a 35-6 throttling of No. 4 Haverhill on Saturday evening.

No. 5 Everett (6-2) opened this Division 1 North tilt at Trinity Stadium by running a hurry-up style of offense. The Crimson Tide required just four plays and 76 seconds to get running back Marvens Fedna into the end zone on a 10-yard touchdown run, and the senior added a four-yard score early in the second quarter to make it 14-0.
 
Led by quarterback Jordan McAfee and an elite corps of wide receivers, Everett’s offense set the tone early, but the defense shined brightest in a matchup against a Haverhill (6-2) squad that possesses one of the best rushing attacks in the state.
 
“We were determined to take away the run,” DiBiaso explained. “We wanted to make [Haverhill] pass the ball and we did a decent job of that and a great job in coverage.”
 

With that defensive strategy, the Crimson Tide made a goal-line stand to maintain their 21-0 advantage heading into the break, and put the game on ice when sophomore Mike Sainristil intercepted Haverhill quarterback Broghean McGovern for an 87-yard touchdown return that made it 28-0 late in the third quarter.

The Tide rolled from there, setting up a huge second-round tilt against No. 1 Central Catholic next week. Beating the Raiders would offer this group a fitting sense of redemption after Everett lost on homecoming day as well as in the second round of the D1 North bracket to Central last season.

“[The seniors] want it all and I’m going to give everything I have to get them what they want,” Sainristil said when asked about how the upperclassmen are approaching this playoff run. “Once they’re gone it’s up to the next class and the next class, we’re a family and we have to maintain that Everett tradition.”

 

Stars Who Shined

 

Everett

Jordan McAfee ‘17 QB – The maestro at the head of Everett’s symphonic execution on offense, McAfee completed 8-of-10 passes for 134 yards and a touchdown in the first half, and was only asked to throw one pass (a two-yard touchdown toss to Anthony Norcia) with the game out of hand in the second half.
 
McAfee was once again successful by getting the ball out quickly and into the hands of playmaking wide receivers Jason Maitre (4 receptions, 66 yards, TD), Sainristil (4 receptions, 34 yards) and Norcia (2 receptions, 29 yards, TD).
 
Never shy about touting his teammates, McAfee put it bluntly when he added, “I always want to get my skill players the ball and let them make a play because we know they’re better than the other teams’ defensive backs.”
 
When asked about the impending rematch next week against a Central Catholic squad that knocked Everett out of the playoffs last season, McAfee promised: “We’re going to give them payback.”
Mike Sainristil ‘19 WR/DB – Sainristil (pictured) has made a number of big plays for Everett on offense and as a kick returner, but he came up with his first career interception in a huge spot to sink Haverhill.
 
The Hillies were facing fourth-and-five from the Everett 20 when Sainristil, who was only in the game because starting cornerback Carlins Platel suffered an injury, jumped a route and used his playmaking ability to run it back for an 87-yard touchdown.

“It was fourth down and I was looking inside, watching the quarterback, but in peripheral vision I could see [Jacob Dion] break, and as soon as he broke, I saw the quarterback look right and throw it, so I made a downhill play got the interception and picked up some blockers on my way to the end zone,” said Sainristil.

Gerell Boyce17 DL – The entire defensive line deserves praise for its efforts on Saturday night, including senior captain Duval Paul and senior Edward Owuor, but Boyce was one of the most active warriors at the line of scrimmage for Everett.
 

With that trio setting the tone up front, the Crimson Tide held Hillies running back Jean-Charles LaGuerre to just 28 rushing yards on 17 carries after the senior had totaled 879 rushing yards and nine touchdowns over his first seven games this season.

Marvens Fedna ‘17 RB – The Crimson Tide’s workhorse out of the backfield set the tone early with 24 rushing yards and a touchdown on their first drive and he pushed the pile for a four-yard touchdown on his second score of the night.

No longer asked to play on both sides of the ball, Fedna (13 carries, 71 yards, 2 TDs) is able to concentrate on his offensive role and he’s flourishing as a tailback.

Clarens Pierre17 DB – The big boys up front set the tone and shut down Haverhill’s running game, but that left Everett’s cornerbacks on an island in man-to-man coverage.

Senior captain Carlins Platel held down one side of the field while Pierre took the other, making several key pass breakups on long bombs from McGovern that could’ve completely changed the complexion of the game if they were completed.


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