Just three plays into Friday night’s matchup with Xaverian it looked like Everett was headed for the same fate it experienced a week ago. Tyrese Baptiste made sure the Crimson Tide flipped the script.
Baptiste amassed 143 total yards and two touchdowns while Duke Doherty rushed for 109 yards and a score as Everett rebounded from its worst home loss in more than two decades with a 27-21 win against Xaverian on Friday night at Everett Memorial Stadium.
“This is a young team so I am proud of the way they got together after a loss like that last week,” Everett coach Theluxon Pierre said. “Last week is last week. You have to have short-term memory.”
Everett (1-1) held a 21-7 lead to begin the fourth quarter, but Hawks quarterback Michael Berluti (19-for-31, 175 yards, two TDs) engineered a 14-play, 93-yard drive that ended with a 10-yard touchdown reception by Noah Canty that pulled Xaverian within seven with 6:17 remaining. The Hawks defense proceeded to force a three-and-out, and Xaverian found itself with a chance to tie the score. John Smith-Howell, however, intercepted a Berluti deep ball to give the Crimson Tide the ball back with five minutes left.
Moments later, Baptiste put the icing on the cake, taking the handoff up the middle, splitting the tackles, and taking off for a 63-yard touchdown that gave Everett a 27-14 lead with 2:30 to play.
“The effort was better (than last week), but there’s still a lot in the tank that needs to come out,” Pierre said. “We got a lot of young guys that have to learn to play.”
The Hawks (0-2) went up 7-0 less than a minute into the game when a Justin Wenstrom 51-yard kick return led to a 3-yard touchdown run by Joe Kelcourse. Things seemed to go from bad to worse for the Crimson Tide when on their opening drive, a perfectly thrown ball by Doherty that should have been a TD went through the hands of Baptiste.
On Everertt’s next drive, Doherty took matters into his own hands. After being flushed from the pocket, the junior quarterback made a man miss and took off down the right sideline for a 37-yard score to tie the game, 7-7, late in the first quarter. Midway through the second quarter the Crimson Tide took the lead for good with Baptiste hurdling a pair of Hawks defenders en route to a 74-yard punt return for a touchdown to propel Everett to a 14-7 lead at the break.
Source:: Boston Herald