For Everett, fresh start against St. John’s Shrewsbury ends in another satisfying win
EVERETT – Faced with a new opponent, Everett continued to do what he does on Thanksgiving: win big.
The Crimson Tide won a 44-14 victory over St. John’s Shrewsbury at Veterans Memorial Stadium, sending their seniors on a high note.
“Having guys that I consider family on this team and getting a ‘W’ on Thanksgiving, a family day out, that means everything,” said Jayden Clerveaux, who ran for 138 yards and two touchdowns for. end his campaign with 1,195 rushing yards and 19 scores.
“Growing up in Everett, playing Pop Warner since I was 5 years old, being on that field, it’s a blessing. And the fact that I have to go is a little sad, but good things have to end eventually.
Senior wide receiver Cam Mohamed (9 receptions, 160 yards, 2 TD) also had a big day with junior quarterback Karmari Ellerbe (13 assists for 19, 260 yards, 3 TD) finding him early and often. Senior tight end Marcus Scott provided an impressive one-handed catch for a 14-yard touchdown to give the Tide a 21-0 halftime lead.
Everett’s defensive front – led by seniors Jayden Biggi, Jaylen Murphy, Donovan Gaskins and Scott – was immense throughout the game, as it helped keep SJS off five consecutive punts and just 47 yards from scrum in the first half.
St. John’s (5-6) had two quick hits early in the third quarter, topped off with an 11-yard touchdown from Bob Rodolakis and a 30-yard touchdown pass from Ryan Miller to Ryan Coonan.
But Everett (9-1) responded with Clerveaux bursting for a 38-yard touchdown, Mohamed snapping a 39-yard touchdown on a quick screen and Richie Malloy attacking the hurdles defenders for a 14-yard score to seal it.
“We talked ahead of the game about how it’s their time, especially our seniors,” said Everett coach Rob DiLoreto. “They are playing for the last time in this beloved stadium which has so much history and is attached to so many of our families, including mine, and I told them what an honor it is to stand on the pitch today, as a coach, in the city where I grew up and the city that I love.
Everett is now 205-25 years old since 2001, the last year he lost a Thanksgiving game (to Cambridge). The Tide beat Cambridge in 10 straight games after winning the 2001 Super Bowl, had no opponents from Thanksgiving from 2012 to 2016, and then beat Masconomet in three straight games from 2017 to 19.
Now the proud program can hope to start a new rivalry with St. John’s, who officially joined the Catholic Conference this season, and had to seek out a new rivalry after its 95-year tradition with St. Peter-Marian came to an end when the The Catholic school merged with Holy Name after the 2019-2020 school year to become St. Paul.
“Thanksgiving football is special in Massachusetts and we know St. John’s of Shrewsbury is a top notch program,” said DiLoreto. “Today was a big challenge and we will see what the future holds. “